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Maricopa Association of Governments receives $33M to combat homelessness

Feb 23, 2021, 4:15 AM

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)...

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

PHOENIX — The Maricopa Association of Governments is receiving $33 million in federal funding to help combat the spread of homelessness in the area, according to a press release.

The funding, which was announced Monday, comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development via its Continuum of Care program that aims to end homelessness.

The HUD funding will support 31 programs that provide housing and services for families and individuals that are experiencing homelessness, according to the release.

An additional $855,158 allocated to the Coordinated Entry project that aims to place families and individuals in appropriate housing.

“This award helps us continue our mission of reducing the trauma of homelessness in our communities,” said Community Solutions’ Phoenix Systems Advisor Tamara Wright, who is co-chair of the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care Board.

The Continuum of Care program is staffed by the Maricopa Association of Governments, which submitted the funding application for the grant.

The program is made up of members of the private and public sectors, as well as local nonprofit organizations, overseeing the development and submission of all HUD-related grant applications.

The Maricopa County grant is the largest in the state, with the others ranging from $54,257 to $1.068 million.

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Maricopa Association of Governments receives $33M to combat homelessness