Homeless housing and service programs in the central San Joaquin Valley on Monday were awarded $10 million in federal grants to help those without shelter.
The Central Valley’s grants were part of a broader announcement made by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro. Throughout the nation, HUD awarded $1.8 billion.
“It’s a national shame that anyone would call the streets their home,” Castro said. “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.”
Castro said HUD and its partners also are focused on targeted help for families and young people.
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“As a nation, we can and must end homelessness,” Castro said.
According to HUD, here are total amounts of grants awarded to Central Valley continuums of care:
• Fresno/Madera counties — 29 grants, $7,682,593.
• Visalia, Kings/Tulare counties — 19 grants, $1,764,900.
• Merced city and county — 7 grants, $579,193.