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Rep. Johnson announces $3.2 million to help homeless

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Congressman Hank Johnson, District 4, today announced DeKalb County area organizations will receive more than $3.2 million from the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to fight homelessness.

Jerusalem House received $215,000, Project Open Arms $450,000 and Caring Works received more than $600,000 to provide housing and support services for the homeless and their families.

"While I'm pleased these grants have been made available to our local agencies fighting homelessness, sequestration has hampered our efforts to put the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness as well as to end homelessness among children, family, and youth," said Johnson. "We must do more to help citizens get back on their feet."

The grants are part of more than nearly $1.6 billion to renew support for 7,100 local homeless housing and service programs across the country. Georgia-based organizations received $32 million under the program.

"Whether it's helping to rapidly re-house families with young children or finding a permanent home for an individual with serious health conditions, HUD is working with our local partners to end homelessness as we know it," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Provided through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, the funding announced will ensure these local projects remain operating in the coming year, providing critically needed housing and support services to those persons and families experiencing homelessness.

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