Rep. Bill Keating announced that Duffy Health Center (Duffy) in Hyannis is the recipient of a $324,321 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This is one of 20 new grants awarded to local organizations that provide services to the homeless and work to reduce homelessness in their communities.
SAMHSA's awardees are eligible for up to $500,000 per year for up to three years, and $324,321 is the amount Duffy will receive the first year. Of the 20 nationwide awardees, Duffy is one of only two from Massachusetts.
"Whether it occurs because of substance abuse addiction or unemployment due to the slow economy or for any other reason, homelessness is unfortunately on the rise," said Rep. Bill Keating. "We cannot turn our backs on our friends and neighbors who need help finding a permanent place to live, and the professionals at Duffy Health Center have always been at the ready, hands outstretched, working to combat homelessness. This grant award is well deserved and will be put to good use. With individual assistance and supportive programs, we will hopefully move towards significantly reducing homelessness on the Cape."
"Receiving this federal grant is recognition of the fine work human service agencies do together to house people who have been homeless for long periods of time- improving their quality of life and quality of life for all of us on Cape Cod," said Heidi Nelson, CEO of Duffy Health Center. "We will continue to build on that reputation with additional training and linkages between agencies serving persons with addictions."
Duffy will be using the SAMHSA grant to increase access to permanent housing for chronically homeless persons. It is expected that 140 homeless persons will be assisted with benefits and 110 will receive permanent housing. Duffy will also provide integrated primary care and behavioral health services.