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Federal Agency Awards County $74M for Homeless Programs

Los Angeles County receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help pay for its 203 community-based homeless programs.

Los Angeles has received almost $74 million for homeless services from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announced on Wednesday.

The money was awarded to the agency to help bolster 203 of its community-based homeless programs throughout the city and county of Los Angeles. 

The cities of Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach — which operate their own homeless services programs independently — were also awarded federal funding: Glendale received approximately $2.3 million, Pasadena $2.8 million and Long Beach $6.7 million.

"These funds are critical to our ability to provide desperately needed housing assistance and accompanying supportive services to those experiencing homelessness," Michael Arnold, LAHSA executive director, said in a statement.

South Pasadena participated in a 3-day count of the county's homeless population in January. Organizers said it would take several months to cull the data recorded over those days. 

HUD funding helps the agency connect homeless people living on the streets with housing and services. It also helps to provides long term rental assistance to physically or mentally disabled formerly homeless people.

Last year, some 5,200 homeless people in the county were put into housing programs, about 92 percent of them were stably housed, according to LAHSA. 

The federal housing agency awarded the state of California more than $243 million last week to fund 800 of its homeless programs.

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