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Homeless Grant Continues Federal Funding for Ten Local Programs

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Joplin, MO -

  The homeless coalition of Jasper and Newton counties lands funding for another year at five hundred and ten thousand dollars.

        The coalition competed against sixty-four hundred communities across the country for the federal grant dollars.

      The funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The half million dollars will be divided between ten different programs helping the homeless in a continuum of care from outreach, transitional housing to permanent housing and more.

Brandie McLean is a success story for Economic Security offering many of the grant funded programs. She is now moving out of transitional housing. The agency helped fund an apartment for her and her two year old son as she rebuilds her life after drug addiction and time in prison.

Brandie said, “This is helping me become more responsible because I've always hopped from place to place.”

Tammy Walker with Economic Security Corporation said, "One of the grants that I was funded for is for the rapid re-housing program. It’s basically rental assistance and I serve people that are literally homeless. That means they're living on the street, in their car or they're in an emergency shelter.   And I can use the funds to pay for rent and move in deposit"

The grant funds more than housing help.

Brandie had a troubled past.  Another son, Braxton, who was taken from her care and put into foster care, was killed in that foster home.  She lost custody of three other children as well. Brandie says she's able to make the right choices with help from economic security programs for the homeless.

Brandie said, “The budgeting part for one. It's helped me keep my son because i went through legal custody before with other children. It’s just really been a good program for us honestly."

Walker said, "In the case of rapid re-housing program that is all the rental money I have to spend. So if we didn't have the grant we wouldn't be serving people."

The money will fund a coordinated approach to ending homelessness that will use all of the half million as there are waiting lists. 

Debbie Markman with the homeless coalition and Economic Security said, "The housing is a small piece of the puzzle, but then you have employment, parenting supports, educational supports so that in that eighteen month period you can get that family on their journey to self- sufficiency."

Like Brandie is now. She said,  "It makes me want to do the right thing now. And it shows me that i can do it so"

In its grant application, the homeless coalition was  required to come up with  financial leveraging and matching funds that total one million dollars.

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