WASHINGTON – The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated millions of dollars in Emergency Solutions Grants funding to support homeless Americans and individuals at risk of becoming homeless because of hardships such as job loss, wage reduction, or illness due to COVID-19.
The City of Mount Vernon will receive $1.3 million, the City of Yonkers will receive $2.9 million, Orange County will receive $1.3 million, and Westchester County will receive $4.1 million.
The funds may be used to:
- Make more emergency shelters available for homeless individuals and families.
- Operate emergency shelters to by providing food, rent, security, maintenance, repair, fuel, equipment, insurance, utilities, furnishings, and supplies for their operation.
- Provide hotel/motel vouchers for homeless families and individuals; provide essential services to people experiencing homelessness, including childcare, education services, employment assistance, outpatient health services, legal services, mental health services, substance abuse treatment services and transportation.
- Prevent individuals from becoming homeless and rap-idly rehouse homeless individuals.