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Homeless Services in Yakima Receive Half A Million Dollar Federal Grant

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Homeless services in Yakima are getting a nice financial security blanket from the federal government. Homeless services in Yakima are getting a nice financial security blanket from the federal government.
YAKIMA, WA-- Both homeless services and the homeless in Yakima will see a lot of help come from a nearly half a million dollar grant from the Federal Government.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is given to Yakima Neighborhood Health Services.

YNH has received this grant money every year for the past several years.

Rhonda Hauff is the COO and the Deputy CEO for Neighborhood Health and said money like this really helps to get the homeless back on their feet.

"We've seen that it's very difficult to help people get healthy if they don't have a safe roof over their heads and so it makes a lot of sense that housing and healthcare go together," Hauff said.

A majority of this money goes towards paying rent for homeless housing, but it also pays for getting people education or vocational schooling, and transportation to and from their jobs.

Staff at YNH said last year they counted about 900 homeless in the area through their Point In Time survey, and they expect that number to follow the trend of years past and be lower this year.  That survey is happening on Wednesday.

The survey counts the number of homeless people living in the county and compares it to previous years.

The peak year was 2009 when they measured 1,300 homeless in the county.
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