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Allegheny County using $15.5M grant to reduce homelessness

| Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, 12:12 p.m.

Allegheny County will use a $15.5 million federal grant to support services intended to reduce homelessness.

Marc Cherna, director of the county Department of Human Services, said the money will allow the county to continue some projects and expand services.

“Our efforts as a group have made significant changes in how we approach homelessness and in the way services are provided to those who are experiencing homelessness, or who are in danger of becoming homeless,” county Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a statement.

Projects from 25 agencies will receive portions of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant.

In 2005, the county launched a 10-year plan to end homeless by 2015.

Officials counted 1,573 homeless people, during a one-day survey last year. More than 100 of those people were not living in a shelter. The numbers have changed little since 2010, according to data available on the county's website. In 2010, officials counted 1,486 homeless people during a one-day survey.

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