Clackamas County awarded $1.7M for homeless youth
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,776,632 to the Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services from its Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program to support a wide range of housing programs including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and host homes.
Clackamas County is one of 23 organizations across the country awarded a total of $75 million in YHDP funds on Thursday, Aug. 29. Clackamas County's January 2019 point-in-time census of the homeless reported counting 158 unaccompanied homeless youth (persons under the age of 24).
"Homelessness is no way to start out in life for young people reaching adulthood," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "Another critical investment in the futures of our young people spar(es) them a life on the streets or in our shelters and placing them on a path to self-sufficiency."
"We are thrilled to receive these new funds, as we have very limited resources for homeless youth in Clackamas County," said County Director of Health, Housing & Human Services Richard Swift. "This was a highly competitive process that took a lot of coordination from a number of dedicated staff and we look forward to spending the next year developing this new coordinated system of housing and services for homeless youth."
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