Roanoke organization receiving grants to fight homelessness

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ROANOKE (WSLS10) - The city of Roanoke is getting help from both the state and federal government in the fight to end homelessness.

Several groups working to help community members in need of permanent housing received more than $1.3 million to further their efforts.

Representatives from ARCH, a non-profit based out the Trust House, are glad to be receiving money from the state and federal government.

Ali Hamed-Moore, the executive director of ARCH, said out of the $836,000 HUD is giving, her program will receive about $136,000, which will be used to fund two programs.

One is intensive, designed to get people off the streets and find permanent housing, while the other helps veterans get a roof over their head.

The Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness conducted a Point in Time report, which is a count of people who didn't have a home one night in January 2016.

It looked at several factors, such as why people are homeless? Was it because they were unemployed or evicted from their home?

The total number of homeless people for 2016 was 331, a 15 percent decrease from last year.

The total number of veterans without a home declined as well by 10 percent.

Hamed-Moore said the abundance of programs are helping reduce the number of those need of a place to live.

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