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2 groups working with homeless get grants

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Family Promise of Lorain County and Young Women’s Christian Association of Elyria were two out of 72 organizations that were awarded grants by the Ohio Development Services Agency to help the homeless.

It’s part of an initiative to get displaced Ohioans back on their feet. The agency provides the grants to organizations that help prevent homelessness, provide emergency shelters or have permanent housing programs. The state will give more than $25.8 million in grants to the organizations through two different programs that will give aid to more than 44,000 Ohioans.

Family Promise of Lorain County received $25,500 from the Homeless Crisis Response Program to operate emergency shelters and to help move individuals from emergency shelters to permanent housing.

The YWCA was awarded $159,900 through the Supportive Housing Program that provides permanent supportive housing to homeless people with disabilities, as well as help transition the homeless to permanent housing.

Jeanine Donaldson, executive director for the YWCA, said, “This is a renewal grant that we were fortunate to receive.”

She said it helps fund the 14 room permanent housing for women with disabilities, as well as the transitional housing that included support services to help women gain independence.

Contact Cindy Breda at 329-7126 or cbreda@chroniclet.com.



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