Maine has received a $10.5 million federal grant to aid homeless people and families, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday.
The funding will support 42 homeless housing and service programs throughout Maine.
“This funding is critical to local Maine programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets,” Barbara Fields, HUD’s New England administrator, said. “The evidence is clear that every dollar we spend on these programs that help find a stable home for our homeless neighbors not only saves money but quite literally saves lives.”
Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care grants are awarded to local projects to meet the needs of their homeless clients.
The grants fund a majority of programs from street outreach to assessment, along with transitional and permanent housing for homeless individuals and families.