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Manchin, Rockefeller secure $4M in homeless assistance funds

By Staff | Feb 2, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. -United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today, Feb. 2, announced that housing programs across West Virginia will receive a total of $3,999,995 under the Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance (CoC) program.

Community Networks, Inc., out of Martinsburg will receive $76,756.

Other organizations throughout the first, second and third congressional districts will receive the remaining funds.

This funding may be used to assist homeless persons and those in need of housing assistance, including transitional and permanent housing, job training, health care, mental health assessments, substance abuse treatments, child care and street outreach.

The Continuum programs include the Supportive Housing Program, Shelter Plus Care Program and the Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation for SRO Dwellings for Homeless Individuals. All three competitive programs are intended to address the critical problem of homelessness through local, community-based practices of identifying needs and structuring a system to address those needs.

“These funds will help us care for our neighbors in need, ensuring that some of West Virginia’s most vulnerable residents have a place to turn for support,” Manchin said in a press release. “These important programs provide hope to West Virginians who are struggling through difficult times, with the ultimate goal of helping individuals rise above challenging circumstances and turning over a new leaf.”

“This money means a sense of security for West Virginia families in need,” Rockefeller said in a release. “This grant will help put our families and seniors in homes and strengthen our local communities and that’s a great thing. This grant comes at a good time and I hope it is put to use quickly.”

To date, the CoC program renewals for Fiscal Year 2010 has awarded a total of $1,533,957 to West Virginia’s first Congressional district, $1,067,045 to West Virginia’s second Congressional district and $1,398,993 to West Virginia’s third Congressional district.

CoC grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.