The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 10, 2013

Lewisburg housing authority gets funds to help homeless

From staff reports

— A $155,252 grant has been approved for the Greenbrier County Housing Authority in Lewisburg to help the homeless get permanent and transitional services, along with other services.

A second grant of $26,526 went to the Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless.

Money was provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program, which allows housing agencies to offer housing and services such as job training, health care, counseling, and child care.

“Homelessness is tragic, and it affects far too many people who fall on difficult circumstances unexpectedly,” Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said.

“This funding not only helps give homeless West Virginians a path to permanent housing, it also provides assistance that can lead to long-term independence so these individuals can get back on their feet.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, also D-W.Va., said state residents believe in neighbors helping one another.

“These important programs include housing, job training, health care, substance abuse treatment and child care, serving as a support system for those who are in need,” he said.

“These services offer hope and assistance as some of West Virginia’s most vulnerable residents overcome challenging circumstances and get back on their feet.”