Senator Boxer praises federal grant to address increasing homelessness

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Senator Boxer after being sworn in for her fourth term in office

California is getting $227 million in federal grants to help manage the increasing numbers of homeless people.

Federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan says the government will distribute the grants to 801 organizations and shelters that help homeless Californians. The size of individual grants across the Southland ranges from several million dollars to less than $25,000.

They’ll go to well-knowns like the Salvation Army and lesser-knowns such as the Joseph House for single men in Orange County and the Regina House for women and children.

Los Angeles County’s Mental Health Department will get more than $6 million for its programs; Pomona’s city shelter will receive more than a million.

California’s junior U.S. senator, Barbara Boxer, praised the HUD grants. She called them an investment to help the state combat an epidemic of homelessness the recession has created.

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