Organizations throughout the Ninth Congressional District will receive more than $6 million in federal assistance to help the homeless, including $4.1 million in Toledo and Lucas County, according to U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9).
Kaptur announced a series of awards from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Continuum of Care initiative to combat homelessness.
Congresswoman Kaptur announced a total of 33 grants to more than a dozen organizations that provide services to homeless families and individuals throughout the District. Most of the grant announcements involved renewals of funding from last year.
"We must not forget, especially at this time of the year, that many people are in dire need of assistance," Kaptur said. "We have so many families in need, including families who have slipped out of the middle class and into poverty."
Congresswoman Kaptur said many organizations have been overwhelmed with requests for help due to high unemployment and home foreclosures.
"So many people are in need at this time of the year, including many families who have fallen below the poverty line."
Services that will be provided with the assistance include permanent and transitional housing and supportive services.
"These funds are needed to help many people through the toughest of times," Kaptur said. "These awards make an important statement that we care about every person in our community."