Boston Receives Grant To Battle Homelessness

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BOSTON (24/7 NewsSource/WBZ-AM) -- Boston is receiving a federal grant of nearly $5 million to help battle homelessness among young people in the city.

Boston and ten other cities have been awarded the grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. City officials say around 360 young people are homeless in Boston at any given time. Mayor Marty Walsh says this has been an invisible issue for too long, and this grant will help many people to get their lives back.

"It's a big win, it's $4.8 million," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. "It's a great way to focus particularly on ending youth homelessness in the city."

Walsh said the city has housed 1,500 chronically homeless adults in Boston since 2014.

"It's not just simply finding a place for that person to live, it's also finding support services to wrap around that person," Walsh said. "So that's really what we're talking about--it's how do we come up with those wrap-around services where you have social, emotional programs that we can work with people, education issues."

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