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Published: Monday, 2/23/2009

18 Toledo area homelessness projects aided by $3.3M in HUD grants

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The Toledo-Lucas County Continuum of Care has been awarded more than $3.3 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for homeless assistance.

Public service makes a difference and laws do make a difference and new presidents do make a difference and I want to say to President Barack Obama, thank you on behalf of our whole community, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) said in announcing he funds.

Eight organizations, with a total of 18 projects that are part of the Community Alliance and Strategic Efforts plan to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness, will share the award.

For us in Toledo, [it] is a lot of money particularly at this time, certainly for those who are the most fragile among us, Miss Kaptur said. These dollars will go a long way to helping them.

The grants awarded through HUD s Continuum of Care programs will assist about 6,300 homeless assistance projects throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands as well as the Emergency Shelter Grants Program.

This is a 139 percent increase from our award in 2007, when we received $1.6 million, said Paul Tecpanecatl, chairman of the Toledo Lucas County Homelessness board.

He said none of the money even grant renewals was guaranteed. It is a very competitive process to get this money.

Receiving money are:

• Volunteers of America, Chestnut Hill Project, 40-unit apartment building with 16 units designated for the chronically homeless, $420,000.

• Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, rental assistance to 19 homeless, mentally ill single adults at scattered apartment sites, $590,280.

• Neighborhood Properties Inc., Good Samaritan Renovation Project, permanent housing for six homeless, mentally ill single adults, $62,337.

• City of Toledo, Pathway to Shelter, 15 apartments in a complex maintained by Neighborhood Properties Inc., $95,400.

• FOCUS, Toledo HMIS, a computerized tracking and data collection system that captures systemwide information about homeless people, $88,915.

• Harbor House, Plus Program, a transitional housing facility with services for single women who are homeless as a result of alcoholism and substance abuse, $117,551.

• FOCUS, Steps to Home, scattered site transitional housing and intensive case management and life skills services to 13 households, $271,820.

• FOCUS, Steps to Home I & II, leasing and case management for 10 homeless households $119,220.

• FOCUS, Coordinated Assistance to Combat Homelessness, transitional housing subsidy and intensive case management services to homeless families and individuals, $308,076.

• Aurora Project, alternative sentencing site for women with chronic substance abuse with a history of recidivism, or multiple incarcerations or active involvement in the criminal justice system, $103,773.

• St. Paul s Community Center, transitional housing and services to the chronically homeless with severe and persistent mental illness, $186,811.

• Neighborhood Properties Inc., First Avenue, permanent supportive housing for homeless, mentally ill, young adult ex-offenders, $229,249.

• Families with Mental Illness program, permanent housing with at least two bedrooms, $77,676.

• NPI, Families with Mental Illness Expansion program, six furnished two-bedroom apartments and six furnished three-bedroom apartments, $90,650.

• NPI, Fresh Start, permanent supportive housing for homeless single mothers with substance abuse and mental health issues and their children, $108,889.

• NPI, Housing First, permanent supportive housing for homeless, mentally ill single adults in one-bedroom apartments in scattered buildings, $180,089.

• NPI, PACT Partnership, 14 furnished one-bedroom apartments in a single apartment building for homeless mentally ill young adults, $241,752.

• NPI, Road to Recovery, 17 furnished one-bedroom apartments in a single apartment building, $73,976.

Contact Ignazio Messina at:imessina@theblade.comor 419-724-6171.



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