The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency and three partner agencies will receive approximately $486,000 in additional grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing for homeless persons in Nashville, MDHA announced Wednesday.
“These grant funds will allow MDHA and our partners to provide additional housing for the homeless in Nashville,” MDHA Executive Director Phil Ryan said in a release. “When combined with traditional funding from HUD, we’ll be able to reach and assist almost 1,300 homeless or formerly homeless people.”
The four grants, totaling $486,329, will be used to develop 50 new beds and will serve at least 75 homeless individuals.
The grant funds will be combined with nearly $3.3 million in HUD’s Continuum of Care funds awarded to MDHA and partner agencies in February to renew existing homeless assistance programs throughout the city. The grants will help keep more than a dozen programs in Nashville/Davidson County operating in the coming year.
Homeless service providers that will receive renewal funding in Nashville include the following: Welcome Home Ministries, Operation Stand Down, Safe Haven Family Shelter, The Next Door, Urban Housing Solutions, Room in the Inn, Renewal House, Matthew 25, Park Center, Mary Parrish Center, Salvation Army, YWCA and MDHA.
MDHA’s Shelter Plus Care Program received about $1.83 million of the $3.3 million award to continue providing rental assistance to more than 250 homeless individuals.