Federal funding awarded to curb homelessness on Long Island

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — More than $10 million in federal funding has been awarded to a Long Island advocacy group to continue providing permanent housing for about 1,000 homeless people through next year.

Newsday reports the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless announced the $10.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday.

Included in the grant is a bonus $1.1 million award for the development of two new “rapid rehousing” programs that will provide short- and medium-term rental assistance for another 300 New Yorkers in need of permanent shelter.

Gabrielle Fasano, the coalition’s compliance officer, says the grant will help eliminate chronic homelessness in the region by the end of next year and eradicate family and youth homelessness by 2020.