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Southern Nevada receives $6.6 million in aid for homeless

Southern Nevada will receive $6.6 million in federal funds to fight homelessness this year, Clark County announced Monday.

The annual grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds transitional and permanent housing programs for families, veterans, individuals and children.

This year’s grant is $100,000 more than Southern Nevada received last year.

The money “is critical to continue necessary housing programs as well as create new permanent supportive housing projects that address the various needs of the homeless,” said Tyrone Thompson, a coordinator for the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition’s committees on homelessness and youth.

On any given night, about 9,432 people are homeless in Clark County, according to a homeless census completed last year. The grant will help house more than 4,000 people..

Contact reporter Lynnette Curtis at lcurtis@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0285.

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