Program for homeless gets $51,500 grant

Community Services Northwest provides services in Clark County

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter

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A Vancouver program for the homeless was among 11 programs in the state awarded U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants.

Community Services Northwest received $51,578 of the more than $2 million awarded.

Community Services Northwest provides integrated mental health, addiction treatment and housing services in Clark County. The organization’s clients are largely low-income and uninsured or underinsured.

Ten other organizations in Seattle, Spokane, Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Everett, Tacoma and Yakima received federal funding.

The grants announced Thursday are in addition to the $37.7 million HUD awarded in January to renew funding for 199 existing homeless housing and service projects in the state.

All of the grants were under HUD’s Supportive Housing Program, which offers housing and supportive services to allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible.

“Getting people off the streets depends on the hard work and dedication of organizations like these that are, day and night, on the streets, helping homeless individuals and families get back into stable homes and sustainable lifestyles,” HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride said in a news release.

The federal homeless grants are aimed at reducing long-term or chronic homelessness in America. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s latest homeless assessment report found that chronic homelessness has declined by 30 percent since 2006.