Manatee-Sarasota projects to help homeless receive $785,655 in fed grants

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $785,655 to homeless housing and service programs in the Manatee-Sarasota area Monday.

The grants are part of $1.8 billion awarded to homeless shelters in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands as part of the department's campaign to end homelessness.

"Communities across the country are driving progress by implementing the strategies that work to end homelessness -- housing first, permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing," said Matthew Doherty, interim executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. "The grants announced today are critical investments into these strategies, providing assistance to families and individuals so that they can remain in permanent housing or get back into permanent housing as quickly as possible and never experience the crisis of homelessness again."

The 2014 Manatee-Sarasota Supportive Housing Renewal, which helps homeless people find permanent housing, received the largest grant in the area with $206,607.

The Families in Transitional Housing Program, a transitional living program for familes with children run through the Salvation Army, received $171,539.

Other local beneficiaries include Our Mother's House, $120,821; Permanent Supportive Housing, $119,594; Casa San Jose, $80,503; HMIS Data Expansion, $74,575; and Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness Planning Project, $12,016.

Data from more than 3,000 cities and counties showed 578,424 persons experienced homelessness on at least a single night in 2014, according to HUD.