County Executive Leopold Announces $1.7 Million Grant Secured to Help the Homeless
Pays for transitional and permanent housing
Annapolis (March 10, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold announced today the County’s receipt of nearly $1.7 million in federal grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to undertake housing and supportive services projects for the homeless.
The award was a result of the combined efforts of Arundel Community Development Services, Inc., the Department of Social Services, and members of the Anne Arundel and Annapolis Community Partnership to End Homelessness.
"This award enables the County to undertake a new program and renew its support for existing housing and supportive services benefitting our residents in greatest need," County Executive Leopold said. "Families and individuals confronted by the economic crisis, or with severe mental illness or other disabilities, are sometimes unable to cope without public assistance. I am pleased that we continue to be successful in achieving these competitive awards."
The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency received $113,568 for the first two years of a new initiative, the Samaritan Housing Program. This program will provide leasing funds for up to five chronically homeless individuals who have a diagnosis of a mental illness who have either been continuously homeless for more than a year or have had multiple episodes of homelessness.
More than $1,007,958 was awarded to provide permanent housing and support services to more than 75 disabled individual and families. An additional $501,079 was awarded to continue to provide transitional housing for more than 25 homeless families and 10 homeless men. Funds in the amount of $70,786 were awarded to Community Residences to provide mental health assessments and support at County shelters and transitional housing programs.