More than $10.3 million in federal grants is headed to Maine to support programs that serve the homeless and help prevent homelessness throughout the state.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the Maine funds Thursday as part of a $1.6 billion national package. Programs in the Bangor area will receive about $1.17 million.
Shawn Yardley, director of the city’s Department of Health and Community Services, said the funding, which is needed to continue existing services, must be applied for each year through a competitive process.
“If we didn’t get this new grant, we wouldn’t be able to continue providing these essential services,” he said. Yardley is chairman of a regional committee representing municipalities, social service agencies and other groups with a stake in preventing and responding to homelessness.
Services in the Bangor area supported by the HUD grants include the Shaw House street outreach program for teens, transitional housing at the Acadia Recovery Community and supervised apartments for adults with mental retardation managed by OHI. In addition, the funding provides rental assistance and support services such as case management, grocery shopping, bill-paying, medication management and other assistance for clients with mental health and substance abuse problems.
Also included in the funding are services for Maine’s homeless shelters and their clients, including health care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, child care, job training and more.
For information about how the funds will be used, contact Yardley at 992-4531.