HUD awards $21M for Wisconsin homeless programs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal housing agency has awarded more than $21 million to help keep programs for the homeless operating in Wisconsin.

The money is from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development agency, or HUD. The grants will allow 94 housing and service programs to remain operating next year.

The so-called Continuum of Care grants provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless people. The money also pays for services such as job training, health care, mental-health counseling, substance-abuse treatment and child care.

A HUD statement released Tuesday says existing programs will get their funds as soon as possible to prevent any interruption in service. New projects will receive their grants early next year.