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Grants dispersed to help homeless

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Kathleen Foody
July 22, 2009
— Organizations dedicated to assisting homeless persons in Rock and Walworth County received nearly $180,000 in grants through state and federal grants Tuesday.

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.



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