Grants dispersed to help homeless
Rock County Human Services was given $161,000 for services to individuals with mental illness or substance abuse without shelter or at risk of becoming homeless. The department also received $16,250 for services and benefits to homeless people with mental illness.
Officials could not be immediately reached Tuesday evening.
Eight other organizations share in the $179,507 granted to local efforts:
-- Community Action, Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties: $16,500
-- Community Action, Inc. of Walworth County: $35,600
-- ECHO, Inc. of Janesville: $25,000
-- Edgerton Community Outreach: $24,850
-- House of Mercy of Janesville: $7,950
-- Legal Action of WI, Inc. of Rock County: $1,667
-- Red Road House of Janesville: $11,090
-- YWCA of Rock County: $24,500
Officials for many of the agencies learned of the grants while attending the Wisconsin Conference on Homelessness in Middleton. More than $6.3 million was awarded to 88 organizations across the state.
A 2007 report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness listed 12 percent of Wisconsin's population as chronically homeless.