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Grant to pay for more homeless families to receive housing

The Baltimore Sun

The nonprofit St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore announced Monday that it would use a $1.5 million grant to expand it's rapid re-housing program to serve 195 homeless families over the next three years.

The grant, which comes from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, will expend the Front Door Program to serve 65 families a year, up from 50. Families represent about a third of all homeless in Baltimore.

The Front Door Program, which supports the city's 10-year plan to end homelessness, assists families in locating market-rate rental homes in communities where their children are in school and the family has existing support systems, according to the nonprofit. The program provides money to cover a security deposit and moving costs. It also connects the families to case managers who help them access benefits, such as food stamps, and find jobs.

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