September 15, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce $3.8 Million To Prevent Youth Homelessness In West Virginia

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $3,827,406 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to organizations working to address and prevent youth homelessness in West Virginia.
“Ensuring every child has a roof over their head and a warm place to sleep at night continues to be one of my top priorities in Washington. More than 10,000 children in West Virginia and 1.5 million children across the country are currently experiencing homelessness, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made this heartbreaking issue worse. I am pleased HUD is investing in West Virginia organizations to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness and to support youth experiencing homelessness who are in the child welfare system. The fight to end homelessness is far from over and I will continue to work to ensure safe, affordable housing for every West Virginian in the Mountain State,” said Senator Manchin.
“Far too many children in West Virginia struggle with inconsistent housing and face the threat of homelessness. The stress and anxiety of not having somewhere to sleep at night is something our children should never have to face,” Senator Capito said. “That’s why it’s incredibly important that our public housing sector be equipped to handle these challenges and provide the resources children in West Virginia rely on. I’m glad to see funding to support the Youth Homelessness Demonstration and Foster Youth to Independence Programs heading to our state, which will go a long way in furthering our goal to end youth homelessness in West Virginia.”
Individual awards listed below:

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and FY 2020 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program: This program works to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness by supporting selecting communities including rural, suburban and urban areas across the United States, in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness.
  • $2,564,172 – West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness
  • $1,216,656 – Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless
Housing Choice Voucher Program Fund Assignment for Public Housing Tenant Protection – Foster Youth to Independence: This program invests in a community response to homelessness faced by youth in the child welfare system. 
  • $33,582 – Fairmont/Morgantown Housing Authority
  • $12,996 – Charleston/Morgantown Housing Authority
A timeline of Senator Manchin’s efforts to address children and youth homelessness can be found here.