Massachusetts programs awarded grants to stop homeless

Western Massachusetts received more than $1.5-million

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded nearly $8-million on Tuesday to stop homelessness in Massachusetts.

39 homeless housing and service programs across the state will receive a portion of this money. Western Massachusetts received more than $1.5-million, roughly 21% of the state.

There were 5 recipients in Springfield, including the Gandara Mental Health Center, and 2 in Chesterfield. The grants are a way the Obama administration is working to combat homelessness in America.

Sheila Murphy of Hampden told 22News, “You never know why they ended up there. They’re someone’s child. I do believe we need to help them, and I think that’s a good place for the money to go.”

“HUD” estimates more than half a million people were homeless on a single night in 2015. Over the last 5 years, communities across the country have reported an 11% decline in overall homelessness.

Find out more about the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and see where the Massachusetts grant awards are going.

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