The Los Angeles region was awarded $84.2 million in federal grants to provide housing assistance to thousands of homeless individuals, officials announced Wednesday.
The lion’s share of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant money will be directed toward 180 “renewal projects” in the city and county that will provide 9,347 residential units or beds, with the remaining $1.25 million set aside for planning, Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority officials said.
The grants will go toward projects laid out in LAHSA’s Continuum of Care program for tackling homelessness in Los Angeles.
“These grants provide critical funding to house and support our homeless neighbors,” LAHSA Executive Director Peter Lynn said.
He said the funding “is a strong vote of confidence by our federal partners in the strategic work Los Angeles has undertaken to end homelessness.”
LAHSA officials are hoping the $84.2 million is only the first installment of grants, since their original application sought a total of $110 million. The next set of funding is expected to be doled out in the spring.
Lynn said he believes LAHSA’s grant proposal is strong enough to secure an additional $28 million, which would go toward 32 additional permanent supportive housing projects that include supportive services such as on-site counseling.
—City News Service
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