Harford County was recently awarded nearly $867,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Continuum of Care, or CoC, Program to help homeless people find shelter and other services.
The funding increased about 6 percent from the previous year and last year's funding and will account for the increased fair market rents, the county government said in a news release.
"We are very pleased with HUD's decision to increase CoC funding in Harford County, allowing us to give more to the nonprofits who serve our most vulnerable citizens," stated Harford County Executive David Craig. "This funding is a critical part of our strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness in Harford County."
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development recently published a statewide analysis comparing the most recent homeless count, which took place in January 2013.
The data show Harford County has 2 percent of the homeless population in the state and that the county's homeless population is declining. In 2011, Harford County counted 243 homeless individuals, compared to 166 in 2013, a decrease of 77 individuals.
The Harford County Department of Community Services' division of Community Development administers Harford County's Continuum of Care, competitively awarding this funding to local nonprofits to meet the needs of homeless clients.
The grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families, according to the county news release.