SAN ANTONIO — Millions of dollars in federal funds are heading to South Texas.
Last week, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that more than $10 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will go to housing resources in the Bexar County/San Antonio area.
Through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, San Antonio and Bexar County organizations received $9,437,007. The funding will assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
SAMMinistries President and CEO Navarra Williams said they're receiving about 30 percent of the funding. Williams said roughly $3.5 million will go into three of their programs that support long-term and short-term housing. They lease apartments across San Antonio and allow people to live there for free so they can focus on becoming self-sufficient.
"We have the most transitional and permanent supportive housing units in San Antonio," Williams said. "Permanent supportive housing is where we're helping folks that are on the street, really can't afford to pay rent or utilities.We know that they may never be able to live on their own without that kind of support."
A representative with Thrive Youth Center said they received about $350,000. They plan on using the money to put 20 teens in their own apartment where they can live rent-free for one year.
A representative with the American GI-Forum said they received two grants. They were awarded about $810,000 for permanent housing and about $629,000 for rapid rehousing.
Haven for Hope, South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH), and Family Violence Prevention Services also got a cut of the cash.
An official in Cuellar's office said the funding can be used for permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing, transitional housing, as well as data collection and coordination.
“It is important that we find ways to help low-income individuals and families live in integrated settings,” said Cuellar. “With this funding the San Antonio and Bexar County area will be able to continue assisting individuals live independently and not face the daunting issue of homelessness."
Two separate grants were also awarded to both the Housing Authority of Bexar County (HABC) and the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA).
HABC received $449,784 to support Mainstream Housing Vouchers and $192,149 through the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. SAHA received $381,981 to support Mainstream Housing Vouchers and $936,002 through the FSS program. Mainstream vouchers assist low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing; the FSS program assists families in becoming financially independent.