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Texarkana, Texas, awarded $338,000 federal grant to help homeless

Texarkana, Texas, awarded $338,000 federal grant to help homeless

February 15th, 2019 by Karl Richter in Texarkana News

Dana Belin, 53, searches through bags from the trash bin looking for cans and anything that has metal to sell for money on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas. Belin has been scrapping for metal for two years around the city to make a living, putting in 50 to 60 hours a week, while being homeless. Belin lives in the woods and he walks 7 to 9 miles everyday to search trash bins for items containing metal parts that can be sold for money. "Some people think homeless people are worthless; maybe society is worthless. All I know, homelessness isn't a problem that will go away," Belin said. Staff photo by Hunt Mercier

A federal grant worth more than $338,000 will help Texarkana, Texas, help the homeless.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the funds as part of its Continuum of Care Program.

The highly competitive grant is open annually to collaborative partnerships that successfully address homelessness, according to a city news release.

The city applied for Continuum of Care funding in partnership with the Texarkana Homeless Coalition, a network of community-based service agencies.

The grant provides resources to prevent homelessness and to rehouse and stabilize homeless citizens in the community.

Look for more details on texarkanagazette.com and in Saturday's print edition.

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