Boston Receives Federal Funding To End Chronic Homelessness

BOSTON,MA (WBZ-AM) --  The City of Boston has received millions of dollars in federal funding in support of the city's homelessness programs. 

Lila Bernsteen, advisor to the mayor to end chronic homelessness, tells WBZ NewsRadio1030's Carl Stevens that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the city more than $26 million dollars in funding to help the city end chronic and veteran homelessness:

A couple years ago Mayor Walsh announced a plan through the Boston's Way Home program.

"The funding primary pays for their housing and that barbecue it's the primary resourcing need to end homelessness," Bernsteen said.

According to Bernsteen, the program kicked off a couple years ago, the city has seen significant success, ending chronic veteran homelessness and housing nearly 1,300 formerly homeless people. 

However, demand for shelter continues to grow each year. Boston's individual shelters now serve seven percent more people annually than they did in June 2015, when the plan was released.   

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Carl Stevens reports.

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