Anne Arundel County has been awarded $2.4 million in federal money to combat homelessness in the county, officials said.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will support 14 ongoing county projects. These efforts focus on permanent supportive housing for individuals and families who are homeless in Anne Arundel County and Annapolis.
The money is part of HUD’s competitive Continuum of Care program. County Executive Steve Schuh announced the funding Thursday in Severna Park. He did so at Safe Haven II, a program operated by the Arundel House of Hope.
“Collectively, the projects funded will provide 175 units of stable, affordable housing to our community’s most vulnerable homeless individuals and families,” Schuh said in a statement.
Anne Arundel County has about 370 chronically homeless people, with an estimated 88 unsheltered people living in the county, according to data released by the county. There are 280 additional homeless people living in shelters or transitional housing programs.
Anne Arundel Partnership for Permanent Housing will receive a majority of the money — about $500,000. Programs such as Safe Haven II will benefit from the funding.
Some of the money will also support Catholic Charities’ Rapid Re-Housing program. The program helps families find housing. Other programs to benefit include the Mental Health Agency, Arundel House of Hope, People Encouraging People and the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County, according to a news release.