$12 million announced for programs to combat homelessness

Congressman Brian Higgins announces funding for local programs

Mike Baggerman
January 25, 2020 - 3:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announces more than $12 million to combat homelessness in WNY. January 22, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Congressman Brian Higgins announces more than $12 million to combat homelessness in WNY. January 22, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Congressman Brian Higgins announced more than $12 million in federal grants to multiple local organizations in an effort to combat homelessness.

The federal funding came from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and funds will go to more than a dozen organizations including the Erie County Department of Mental Health, Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY, BestSelf, Homeless Alliance of WNY, and several others.

"(These organizations) specialize in providing programs related to mental health, substance abuse, runaway youth, and a range of other services that reach the root cause of homelessness and seek to help individuals and families find a safe, living space, and a path to a better life," Higgins said. "As many as 900 people in the five Western New York counties face homelessness in any given day."

Across the country, there were close to 568,000 people who experienced homelessness on any given night.

 

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