Area homeless programs receive $1.6 million

Homeless programs throughout Winnebago and Boone counties will receive more than $1.6 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants.

The grants will be distributed through the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness, coordinated through the City of Rockford Human Services Department.

In both Winnebago (Rockford) and Boone counties, the $1,559,777 in HUD funds will assist the following organizations:

American Red Cross—$155,568;

Janet Wattles Center—$120,240 (Janet Wattles also received separate grants of $180,360, $180,360 and $144,288);

Careers Etc. (formerly Promised Land Employment Service)—$93,079;

Shelter Care Ministries—$39,856;

The Carpenter’s Place—$200,387 and $161,309;

United Way of Rock River Valley—$33,764;

Youth Services Network—$250,566;

City of Rockford Emergency Shelter Grant—$93,652 (Emergency Shelter Grant funding is then dispersed to local homeless agencies).

The Continuum of Care (CoC) funding from HUD allows Janet Wattles Center to provide permanent supportive housing to individuals and families with mental illness, which includes new funding for at least five additional apartment units.

Shelter Care Ministries and Youth Services Network utilize the funds to operate their transitional living program for homeless families.

Careers Etc. provides job training to homeless individuals.

The Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross collaborates with Crusader Clinic’s Health Care for the Homeless Program, Carpenter’s Place and Janet Wattles Center to provide services to hard-to-reach homeless individuals and provides program participants the opportunity to receive case management, mental health and medical services.

The Carpenter’s Place receives funding for a transitional living program for homeless males who suffer from a history of substance abuse. The agency also received new funding for 12 units of permanent supportive housing.

The United Way of Rock River Valley utilizes the CoC funding to assist in offsetting the costs of the Continuum’s Homeless Management Information System.

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