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State Paying Millions To Reduce Homeless

PASCO, Wash. - The State of Washington is paying millions to reduce the number of homeless people across the state. Benton and Franklin Counties are among the first areas the state has its eye on helping.

The State Department of Community Trade and Economic Development is distributing over $10 million to only nine counties.

The state wants less people relying on homeless shelters and more people getting back on their own feet.

The money will go to inmates who can't afford a place to live once they get out of jail. The state chose Benton and Franklin Counties because of how well homeless programs coordinate with local sheriff's offices.

The state anticipates the money will help boost state economy.

"If we spend a little money here, then we can show it will cost fewer tax dollars," said Tedd Kelleher, Dept. of Community Trade and Economic Development.

Over half-a-million dollars will go directly to Benton and Franklin Counties.

The state hopes our area can reduce the number of homeless people here by 50% in 10 years.