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2012-06-21 / Community News

Lee County Homeless to Receive Portion of $8.7 Million Grant

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) announced this week a major funding award designed to prevent or mitigate the effects of homelessness across the state.

TDHCA awarded $8.7 million in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program funds to 38 cities and nonprofit organizations providing homelessness prevention assistance to individuals and families who might otherwise become homeless, as well as to rapidly re-house persons who become homeless.

Advocacy Outreach in Elgin will be awarded $343,236.15 to help prevent homelessness in Lee, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, and Travis counties.

“The high cost of homelessness falls not just on individuals and families, but also Texas communities, and reducing its impact is an important mission of the Department,” said Tim Irvine, TDHCA Executive Director. “When homeless individuals obtain housing, their use of all other public resources tends to decline dramatically: arrest rates fall, emergency room visits drop, individuals attain employment, and their condition generally stabilizes.

“The awards THDCA announced will help reach greater numbers of individuals and families before they become homeless, while restoring stability and self-sufficiency to the lives of thousands of Texans who already find themselves with no permanent home,” he concluded.

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