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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards $1.21 Million to Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless

WHEELING — The Greater Wheeling Coalition For The Homeless earned a seven-figure award Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD is giving the coalition $1,216,656 to help build systems to end youth homelessness.

It is one of two continuums of care in West Virginia receiving the award, joining the Bridgeport-based West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, which received more than $2.5 million.

CoCs are local homelessness planning agencies that develop and implement a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending homelessness.

Nationally, $142 million will be awarded to 33 communities.

HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program will support a wide range of housing programs, including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and host homes.

The population to be served by this demonstration program is youth experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth, where no member of the household is older than 24.

“Homelessness is no way to start out in life,” said Jane Miller, Deputy Regional Administrator of HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region. “This funding is a critical investment in the futures of our young people, equipping them with resources needed to get their lives on track and placing them on a path to self-sufficiency.”

Over the next several months, selected communities will work with their youth advisory boards, child welfare agencies and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan to end youth homelessness. The communities who receive these awards will also participate in a program evaluation to inform the federal effort to prevent and end youth homelessness going forward, and will serve as leaders in the nation on the work to end homelessness among young people.

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