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July 1, 2008

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DHHS Awards Over $2.8 Million in Homeless Assistance Program Grants

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Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has awarded more than $2.8 million in grants to community-based programs that help some of our most vulnerable Nebraskans—those who are homeless or at high risk of becoming homeless.

"Nearly 56,000 Nebraskans were either homeless or at risk of being homeless at some point last year," said Todd Landry, director, DHHS Division of Children and Family Services. "These Homeless Assistance Program funds will help community organizations across the state provide safe havens and other resources to Nebraskans in need."

Along with assisting community programs in providing emergency shelter and temporary housing for people who are homeless, these grants will also help to encourage continuity, coordination and cooperation among state agencies and homeless assistance providers.

"Well matched services can help families access and maintain stable housing which increases economic self-sufficiency and improves the well-being of children and families," said Landry.

Agencies also work with families to prevent homelessness in the first place. This ongoing work is critical because approximately 80 percent of individuals and families who are homeless are homeless because of a natural disaster or financial burdens. They are homeless for a short period of time and generally do not become homeless again.

Sixty-five projects were funded for the year beginning July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009. Grant funds originate from the federal Emergency Shelter Grant Program (ESGP) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the state Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund (HSATF). Grant awards listed below include the ESGP funds awarded by HUD directly to Omaha: (A detailed list of specific awards and grants follows this news release.)

Panhandle Region $180,909
North Central Region $285,799
Southwest Region $271,163
Southeast Region $486,511
Northeast Region $376,869
Lincoln $395,571
Omaha $793,990
NAF-Statewide organization $ 11,000
Total $2,801,812

The Nebraska Management Information System Partnership (NMISP) also received an award. The NMISP is a statewide, non-profit organization whose purpose is to gather data about who is homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless in Nebraska. The data helps organizations better understand the characteristics of people who are homeless and direct resources where they are needed.

For more information on 2008 Nebraska Homeless Assistance Program Awards, or, to learn more about Nebraska’s Homeless Assistance Program, go to www.dhhs.ne.gov and search for "homeless."

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2008 NEBRASKA HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AWARDS

Grant #        REGION I – Panhandle 2008 Total Award
101         Scotts Bluff County Domestic Violence Task Force, Inc, $23,000
102        Family Rescue Services $43,000
103        Northwest Community Action $27,909
104        Panhandle Community Services $72,000
105        Monument Family Services $15,000
            Region I Total Award $180,909
Grant #        REGION 2 – North Central 2008 Total Award
201        Center for Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Survivors $18,572
202        Bright Horizons $22,672
203        Crisis Center, Inc. $27,264
204        Northwest Community Action $3,287
205        Central Nebraska Community Services $136,340
206        Hope Harbor $59,514
207        Cedars Youth Services $18,150
            Region 2 Total Award $285,799
Grant #        REGION 3 – Southwest 2008 Total Award
301        Residential Assistance to Families in Transition $19,566
302        Sandhills Crisis Intervention Program $18,743
303        Parent Child Center $29,187
304        Rape/Domestic Abuse Program $40,549
305       The S.A.F.E. Center $21,312
306        Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault Services $23,241
307       Lincoln County Community Services $51,735
309        Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska $47,976
310        Community Service Center, Inc./Haven House $18,854
            Region 3 Total Award $271,163
Grant #             REGION 4 – Southeast 2008 Total Award
401             Lincoln Action Program $16,735
402             Crossroads Center $76,758
403              Spouse Abuse Sexual Assault Crisis Center $18,088
404             Catholic Social Services-Family Support Services/ Housing $29,701
405            Heartland Family Service $44,693
406             Project Response, Inc. $50,356
407            Blue Valley Community Action, Inc. $104,190
408             Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska $25,604
409             Southeast Nebraska Community Action Council, Inc. $52,288
410             Genesis Personal Development Center, Inc. $14,898
411             Hope Crisis Center $53,200
            Region 4 Total Award $486,511
Grant #             REGION 5 – Northeast 2008 Total Award
501             Care Corps, Inc. $124,397
502             Crisis Center for Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault $43,310
503             Bright Horizons $56,336
504             Goldenrod Hills Community Action $99,158
505             Haven House Family Service Center $53,668
            Region 5 Total Award $376,869
Grant #             REGION 6 – Lincoln 2008 Total Award
601            Cedars Youth Services $33,931
602             CenterPointe $10,000
603             Fresh Start Home $75,481
604             Friendship Home $62,600
605             Houses of Hope of Nebraska $20,807
606            Lincoln Action Program $78,814
607             People’s City Mission $55,959
608             Matt Talbot Kitchen $47,603
609             NE Legal Services $10,376
            Region 6 Total Award $395,571
Grant #        REGION 7 – Omaha 2006 Total HSATF Award Only
702       Sienna/Francis Recovery Program $43,312
703        Catholic Charities-The Shelter $36,000
704        Catholic Charities-Juan Diego Center $12,000
705        Catholic Charities-Campus for Hope $25,000
706        Salvation Army-37th St RR Program $45,112
707        Salvation Army-Scattered Site Transitional Housing $26,112
708        Salvation Army – TRP $42,112
709        Salvation Army-Material Assistance $25,000
710        Salvation Army-Harrington Homes $22,500
711        CSI – Children’s Crisis Center $17,087
715        Stephen Center-HERO Program $49,812
717        Family Housing Advisory Services $37,000
718        Community Alliance $46,590
722        Visiting Nurse Association $46,000
724        YWCA $26,122
725        Williams Prepared Place $20,000
727        NE Legal Services $47,112
            Campfire $19,345
        Total Omaha HSATF    $584,043
            Omaha ESG $207,774
           Region 7 Total Award $793,990
308        NAF – Statewide: discretionary fund $11,000
        GRAND TOTAL    $2,801,812