Three groups here get emergency housing aid

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Three local charities that aid the homeless and women in need will receive federal grant money to restore and renovate emergency housing facilities.

Volunteers of America, Coalition of Committed Christians and the Simon House recently received $75,000 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) program. ESG, federal grant money that is administered by the Kentucky Housing Corporation, awarded $1,397,000 statewide.

There will be 32 projects funded with the money.

The grant money helps convert and upgrade structures for use as emergency or transitional homeless shelters. The grants also fund the operation and service expenses of shelters that develop homeless prevention programs.

Chuck Cotton, a board member for the Coalition of Committed Christians, said the recurring grant is down somewhat from last year when the three local agencies got $80,000. (The three boards of directors will divide the funding).

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