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A-SPAN Receives $90K Federal Grant

by ARLnow.com | July 8, 2010 at 8:33 am | 768 views | 9 Comments

The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network is getting a $90,750 grant from the feds.

A-SPAN was one of 550 local homeless organizations selected to receive funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program.

The funding “supports the Obama Administration’s far-reaching and ambitious plan to end homelessness,” HUD said in a statement.

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  • Peter

    Somehow I doubt this will end homelessness.

    One must ask where all of the money Arlington spends on welfare programs is going if they need a federal grant? Arlington is the top spender in the whole Commonwealth and spends the most out of any other category in their budget.

    • JR

      This won’t end homelessness… i’m not sure why people just won’t accept that 90% of homelessness is caused from drug/alcohol abuse, mental illness, or a decision to be homeless. programs like this may make liberals feel good – but they don’t address the causes of homelessness. very sad.

  • GK

    Funny that when you look at the weekly Arlington crime report how many of the offenders are listed as having “no fixed address.” I’d like to know where all my tax money is going too… and maybe shift it to law enforcement instead of enabling.

    • Mancomb Seepgood

      Judging from the most recent crime report there were only 2 offenders from “no fixed adress”, there were many more from Alexandria, Arlington, Reston, and MD. I don’t know if this is representative of all crimes committed in arlingtion, but it does seem to be a mix of all people, not just the homeless.

  • 22201

    This is great news. The costs of providing shelter and support for homeless persons is very expensive but necessary – and shouldn’t be borne solely by local government resources.

    The costs of local support programs Peter mentions does include some support for homeless shelter and services (and a number of other non-homeless programs) but the need far outstrips the supply of dollars. With the economic downturn, demand for help has increased dramatically across the spectrum of children, elderly and families, as well as for people with and without shelter.

    Congratulations to A-SPAN for securing much needed federal support to help address Arlington’s needs.

    • John Antonelli

      If A-SPAN wants a day flop in drop in center they can raise the money for one. We spend enough money on social services in Arlington.

      • JoshS

        I’m glad most in Arlington, and the County Board, don’t agree with you, John.

        • Smilla

          Seconded, JoshS and 22201! The haters can move to Prince William County.

      • Greg Jr.

        Those who think Arlington spends enough on the homeless should be celebrating the federal grant. That *is* fund raising.

        Kudos to A-SPAN for their work to secure it.

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