June 23, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce More Than $842,000 for Housing Programs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced that housing programs across West Virginia will receive $842,303 in funding through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funds will go toward assisting individuals, families and communities experiencing homelessness.

“The people of West Virginia have always embraced the concept of neighbors helping neighbors, and it’s important that many of our most vulnerable West Virginia residents have a place to turn for help and support in times of need,” Senator Manchin said. “Because of this funding, West Virginians who are struggling to get by will have the opportunity to develop specific skillsets to help them return to the workforce, provide for themselves and their families, and contribute to our communities.”

“I’m so pleased Continuum of Care in West Virginia is receiving this funding boost,” Senator Rockefeller said. “This program is vital to supporting local housing authorities, coalitions, and shelters in their work to rehouse newly homeless families. Across West Virginia, these organizations are critical to fighting homelessness and making sure West Virginians have a place to call home while they’re working to get back on their feet.”

“Having a place to call home is the essence of human dignity and essential to rebuilding productive lives. Federal funding for programs like this can help displaced families get back on their feet, while serving to strengthen neighborhoods, bolster businesses, and build healthier communities,” said Congressman Rahall.

The CoC is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. Funding is used to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families and minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families and communities. Additionally, funds are used to promote access and utilization of mainstream programs for homeless individuals and families, and to optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness. 

Below are the individual award amounts:

• Clarksburg Housing Authority Unit -1 – $167,245
• Clarksburg Housing Authority Unit -2  – $184,961
• Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless – $6,974
• Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless – $25, 273
• Huntington West Virginia Housing Authority– $61,428
• Kanawha Valley Collective / KVC Planning Project – $16,656
• Raleigh County Community Action Association – $123,589
• Stop Abusive Family Environments – $138,428
• Westbrook Health Services – $85, 312
• Westbrook Health Services – $36,437