Mayor Jon Mitchell has announced that the City of New Bedford has been awarded $1,575,909 in homeless assistance funding.

They received the money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of a competitive grant competition under the HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program.

“The award of this federal grant funding serves to highlight the important work that the Homeless Service Provider Network and the City of New Bedford are doing to address homelessness. Funding under these HUD grants is targeted to create a strong economic foundation and will help to find permanent housing solutions for homeless veterans and other New Bedford residents currently without a home" -Mayor Jon Mitchell.

The $1.5 million in HUD CoC grant funding announced will be distributed to the following agencies:

  • THE CALL (Catholic Social Services) $46,757
  • HOMELESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (HMIS City of New Bedford) $29,524
  • FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAM (SEMCOA) $ 254,710
  • TRANSITION TO STABILITY (Catholic Social Services) $ 196,680
  • STEP UP (Positive Action Against Chemical Addition/PAACA) $ 272,669
  • PORTICO (Catholic Social Services) $ 577,920
  • WELCOME HOME (Steppingstone) $ 165,918

For more information about the City's efforts to address homelessness, please contact City ofNew Bedford’s Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development at (508) 979-1500 or visit the HSPN’s website at www.nbhspn.com.

Additional Reporting by Kiah Heron