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$1.2M in grants to help combat Delaware homelessness

February 14, 2019 11:48 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

From WHYY 

Every night in Delaware, about 1,000 people are homeless. About 3,000 people, including children, will be homeless at some point throughout the year, according to the Delaware State Housing Authority.

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce those numbers, state leaders unveiled plans to spend $1.2 million in funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and the authority.

The money will help people like Katherine Banks, who was facing the prospect of becoming homeless when her husband was imprisoned. Banks received aid from Lutheran Community Services, which provides guidance and financial assistance to keep people off the streets. “Everybody needs each other, I’m grateful,” Banks said during an event announcing the new funding at the LCS office in Wilmington.

FHLBank Pittsburgh will provide $700,000 through the Home4Good initiative, and the Delaware State Housing Authority will contribute $500,000 to the effort. The money will fund rapid rehousing efforts as well as homelessness diversion and prevention programs.

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