Homeless Help For NM

New Mexico – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is renewing more than $7 million in grant funding needed to keep 34 New Mexico homeless assistance programs operating.

The funding is part of nearly $1.4 billion that will help thousands of existing programs nationwide to continue offering housing and services to homeless people and families.

The grants are being awarded through HUD's Continuum of Care programs. HUD is providing renewal grants to local programs to prevent any interruption in federal assistance and will announce funding to new projects in early 2010.

The grants pay for permanent and transitional housing, job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.