HUD Grant Helps Valley Fight Homelessness

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - A new grant is helping a valley organization fight homelessness.

According to the Continuum of Care (CoC) there are 207 homeless adults in area shelters. That's up 11% since 2015.

There are 54 children living in shelters right now, up 23% from last year.

Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner recently announced a grant to help combat the issue. "I'm very pleased Virginia will receive this funding to combat homelessness in the Commonwealth. This funding will help individuals and families return to self-sufficiency and strengthen our communities," said Senator Warner in a statement.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $23 million to organizations across the state.

The Shenandoah Valley specifically is set to receive nearly $368,000. Leaders with the CoC say that money will help keep between 20 to 25 people from living on valley streets.

"You may not see a lot of people outside holding signs, but that doesn't mean that the need isn't there," said Continuum of Care Coordinator Amber Joiner-Hill. "There are a lot of folks struggling to live paycheck to paycheck. So just because you don't see homelessness, doesn't mean that it's not there."

The Continuum of Care holds public meetings every month.

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