Seven Cape organizations have received federal grants to help keep homeless men, women and families off the streets for another year.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded almost $1.35 million to seven homeless agencies. The grants are awarded competitively, and are renewals from the previous year, said Virginia Ryan, spokeswoman for the Housing Assistance Corp . in Hyannis, which received funding for five of its programs.
The money is part of $56.9 million in grant funding that will keep 302 local homeless assistance programs throughout Massachusetts operating, according to a press release from the federal agency. It's part of nearly $1.4 billion that will help 6,400 existing programs nationwide to continue offering critically needed housing and services to homeless individuals and families, the press release states.
"As we move into the coldest time of the year, it's critical that no program risk running out of money to keep their doors open," HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said.
Based on the federal agency's latest homeless assessment, chronic homelessness has declined since 2005, according to the press release. "However, data also indicates that family homelessness may be on the rise, particularly in suburban and rural areas," the document states.
Grants to the Cape will go to help homeless people recovering from addictions, and help lawyers who assist the homeless. The money also will support Vinfen, the nonprofit that helps homeless people with mental health problems, among other local groups.