Youngkin announces $12 million in funding to fight homelessness

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced $12 million in funding for 55 projects across the Commonwealth to fight homelessness.

The Virginia Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grants will utilize the funds to advance their current targeted efforts to reduce homelessness.

The grants represent 20% of funding for the fiscal year.

The remaining funds support new or rehabilitated housing units through the Affordable and Special Needs Housing Program.

The Homeless Reduction Grant is coordinated with other community-based activities, and grantees use a local entry system to ensure the best approach for helping households experiencing homelessness quickly regain stable, permanent housing.

Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick said, “Housing stands as the cornerstone for fostering lively communities and robust local economies. This funding round prioritizes innovative approaches, like rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing, to effectively combat homelessness, ensuring that every at-risk Virginian receives the support they need to make homeless(ness) rare, brief and one-time.”

To read the Governor’s announcement and all 55 projects, click here.

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Family Promise of Shenandoah County honor Family Promise Week

Family Promise of Shenandoah County brings awareness of the issues of homelessness and other challenges of the families of the county.

According to the organization’s press release they will honor Family Promise week with two events.

The first will be held Oct. 24 at Antioch Church 23502 Senedo Rd. Woodstock from 2 to 4.

The second event takes place Thurs. Oct. 28 when an open house will be held from 10:30 to 4 at 781 Spring Parkway in Woodstock.

The propose of the events is to bring awareness to the fact that one in sixteen children are homeless before first grade according to the press release.

The gatherings wish to bring awareness and solutions to this alarming statistic.

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