Local nonprofits receive federal funding to fight youth homelessness

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department has granted $21.5 million to renew funding for 163 homelessness programs in Minnesota. The funding ensures that these programs will remain in operation throughout 2012. Additionally, a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation will allow several local youth homelessness to expand their services.

“The grants we’re awarding today will literally keep the doors of our shelters open and will help those on the front lines of ending homelessness do what they do best,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan in a statement.

While the HUD funds ensure that the various homelessness programs will be able to maintain their current services, the Otto Bremer Foundation separately announced a $4 million grant to expand services at six organizations in the Twin Cities. The Bremer Foundation grant will add 28 additional beds for homeless youth in the Twin Cities, an increase of 43 percent over the current number of available beds designated for young people experiencing homelessness.

The recipients of the Otto Bremer grant are Minneapolis-based organizations YouthLink, Avenues for Homeless Youth, Catholic Charities’ Hope Street, the StreetWorks Collaborative and St. Paul-based Face to Face’s Safe Zone and the Salvation Army’s Booth Brown House.