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County Receives $1.6 Million Grant to Fight Homelessness

Annapolis, MD (March 9, 2007) - County Executive John R. Leopold announced today a $1.6 million grant to provide services to the homeless.

Arundel County Development Services, Inc., applied on behalf of the County for the nationally competitive grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, with assistance from the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services and the Anne Arundel and Annapolis Community Partnership to End Homelessness.

"I am pleased that this much needed support was awarded to the County through a collaborative effort to secure funds from outside sources," said County Executive John R. Leopold. "This will pay for transitional housing and supportive service programs provided by Arundel House of Hope, Associated Catholic Charities, Annapolis Area Ministries and Community Residences, as well as provide rental assistance to our most vulnerable citizens."

Arundel House of Hope will expand its community housing program and will lease two houses that will serve three to four homeless individuals with disabling conditions that have either been continuously homeless for more than a year or have had multiple episodes of homelessness. The majority of the award will continue to fund tenant-based rental assistance programs operated by the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County and the County’s Mental Health Agency.

"As the lead agency pursuing this grant, we are excited to have been recognized as submitting one of the highest-rated applications in the nation," said Kathleen M. Koch, executive director of Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. "Without this grant, a lot of our existing facilities wouldn’t be able to keep their doors open."


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