Rhode Island receives $7.3M federal grant to help homeless
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island received more than $7.3 million in federal grant money to support homeless assistance projects across the state.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced the money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will go toward 34 various projects, WPRI reported Monday.
A number of nonprofit organizations will use the funding to help homeless individuals find permanent and affordable housing. The grant will also be invested in critical services that include street outreach and client assessment.
The number of homeless people living in the state dropped by 4% over the past year.
In Rhode Island, 1,055 people experienced homelessness on a single night in January 2019, which is down 4.2% since 2018 and down 17.7% since 2010, according to HUD.
The number of homeless families with children decreased in Rhode Island. Veteran homelessness and chronic, or long-term, homelessness decreased as well. Most homeless people included in the state’s count were located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs, while 71 people were unsheltered.