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County Executive John R. Leopold Announces Federal Grant to Help the Homeless

Annapolis, Maryland (April 12, 2012) – Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that the County has just received over $2 million in federal grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help the homeless find and maintain permanent housing in the County. 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 to help get chronically homeless persons housed as well as to renew support for existing housing and supportive services benefiting our residents in greatest need,” said Mr. Leopold. “Our families and individuals confronted by economic crisis, or with severe mental illness and other disabilities, can make it difficult for them to cope without public assistance. Since these monies are awarded through a national competition, I am happy to report that Anne Arundel County has been consistently successful in receiving annual awards of these monies.”

The County received $116,613 in competitive funding for a new program this year. People Encouraging People received funds to provide eight chronically homeless individuals with rental assistance, through a program called Housing First, to help get them off the street and into more permanent housing situations.
More than $1,900,000 was awarded to continue a variety of transitional and permanent housing programs already up and running in the County, including programs administered by Arundel House of Hope, Catholic Charities, the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County, Annapolis Area Ministries, and the County’s Mental Health Agency. Community Residences, Inc. also received an award to provide mental health services to the homeless. Combined, these programs will provide permanent housing to approximately 120 households, transitional housing to approximately 160 households, and support services to over 100 households in the County.

Concluded Leopold, “We are grateful for this federal award that will help bring assistance to our residents most in need, especially during these tough economic times when even more families are struggling. Our success in this effort is shared with the many County agencies and non-profit organizations who have worked together tirelessly to care for the County’s homeless and improve their independence.”


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