WASHINGTON (WJRT)- (01/26/19)-While Congress remains divided over a wall… the administration pumps almost two billion dollars into getting roofs over the heads of the country's neediest people.
That's cash for nearly six thousand programs across the country... dedicated to sheltering and assisting the homeless.
The latest government data shows there are more than half a million homeless people in the U.S. – up ever so slightly from last year.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says the goal is not just to provide a hand out, but a hand up.
"We are seeing progress, in lots of different areas. With housing prices going up the way they are, rents going up the way they are, being able to tread water is pretty good. But, we're not satisfied with that, we're working extremely hard, utilizing the programs that are actually effective. We're not just interested in getting people in the door, we're interested in getting them out with positive exits," said HUD secretary, Ben Carson.
The grants are identical to those given out last year.
241 projects will receive over $68 million dollars here in Michigan.
The funding is unaffected by the recent shutdown as it comes from the previous year's budget.