Texas Homeless Program Awarded $10.4M

Texas Homeless Program Awarded $10.4M

POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 5:34pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 11:14am

FORT WORTH – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan Tuesday awarded $10,469,488 in funding for 15 new homeless programs in Texas.

The funding provides critically needed emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent support for individuals and families and is a significant part of the Obama Administration’s strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.

“Today’s grantees will join the tens of thousands of local programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets,” said Donovan. “It’s incredible that as we work to recover from the greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, the total number of homeless Americans is declining, in large part because of these funds.”

According to the latest data reported by more than 3,000 cities and counties throughout the U.S., homelessness declined 2.1 percent between 2010 and 2011and a remarkable 12 percent among homeless veterans. 

El Paso Coalition for the Homeless is listed to receive $26,250 under the Supportive Housing Program, which offers housing and supportive services to allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible.  

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In both the Old and New Testaments, we see God’s desire for His children to show compassion to the poor and needy. Jesus said that the poor would always be with us (Matthew 26:11; Mark 14:7). He also said that those who show mercy to the poor, the sick and the needy are in effect ministering to Him personally (Matthew 25:35-40) and will be rewarded accordingly.

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