Federal funding is going to help homeless youth in northern Michigan

street_beggar33 million dollars in federal grant money has been awarded ten communities across the nation; Including a group of counties in northern Michigan. The money is earmarked to help address youth homelessness.

$1.3 million dollars is going to five northern Michigan counties; Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Antrim.

The funding is for projects aimed at reducing, or eliminating youth homelessness.

Marjie Rich is the grant coordinator for the federal Homeless Youth Demonstration Project.

“It’s a four year project, so the initial period of the grant, six months or so, will be spent doing planning and once we have a plan in place then at that point we’ll have a much better sense of what kind of projects and programs we may be developing.”

The funding comes from the office of Housing and Urban Development.

A list of the other communities to receive grants, is here.