Thursday, February 23, 2012

HUD Officials Highlight Brockton Homeless Efforts

BROCKTON-- U.S. Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Barbara Fields was expected to join Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti and other officials at Father Bill's & Mainspring House in Brockton to highlight the impact of the city's efforts to end homelessness under the 2009 Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program. 
According to an official statement, the rapid re-housing program was a new program under President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that provided $1.5 billion to local communities to keep families in their homes or help them find other affordable housing after a sudden financial crisis, which might have otherwise led to homelessness. 
Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, awarded more than $585,000 in rapid rehousing money  in Brockton to Brockton Area Multi-Services, or BAMSI.; Father Bill’s and Mainspring House, and United Way of Greater Plymouth County.
In addition to the rapid rehousing funding, HUD recently awarded $775,307 to the Brockton/Plymouth City and County Continuum of Care agencies to provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. 
Fields was expected to take questions from the press and tour several Brockton homeless shelters, including Father Bills' and MainSpring House emergency shelter.  
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