Austin gets $5.6M in grants to fight homelessness

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin and Travis County will receive $5.6 million in grants to help house the homeless. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money will fund local projects for transitional housing to help homeless people get off the street. Grants also cover services like job training and health care.

Nearly $78 million in grants was distributed across Texas to help support 267 local homeless housing and service programs. Nationally, $1.8 billion was awarded.

“It’s a national shame that anyone would call the streets their home,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro. “Working with our local partners, we’re redoubling our efforts to support permanent housing solutions for our veterans and those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness. We’re also focused on providing targeted assistance to families and young people who are falling between the cracks.”

One factor in the funding Austin receives is the annual homeless count. In recent head counts the last few years, there were just more than 2,000 homeless that could be tracked.

This year’s count is expected to be completed later this week.

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