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Somerville, Arlington get $2.2m to aid homeless

Posted by Matt Byrne  January 23, 2012 10:04 AM

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The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development announced last week the award of more than $2 million for programs to help the homeless.

The $2,237,821 given to the Somerville-Arlington Continuum of Care is the largest award in recent years, the City of Somerville said, up from $1.9 million in 2008.

The grant provides permanent and transitional housing to the homeless, and funds case management, job training, money management classes, health care, mental health, and other services.

The competitive award is part of nearly $1.47 billion in federal funds distributed by the administration of President Barack Obama this year, the city said.

"These funds are our major source of income for agencies like ours addressing homelessness in Somerville," said Mark Alston-Follansbee, executive director of the Somerville Homeless Coalition, which will be one of the recipients of funding through the award.

"This issue is of the utmost importance to my administration, and to the community as a whole," said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone.  "We will continue to work together to provide assistance for homeless individuals and families, and those living below the poverty level.''

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