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A-SPAN Receives HUD Grant

by ARLnow.com — March 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,790 14 Comments

The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network has been awarded a $93,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The grant — one of the $2.1 million in grants awarded by HUD in Virginia — will help A-SPAN and its “Open Doors” program provide housing and case management for six chronically homeless adults in Arlington over the next year. A-SPAN currently provides housing and case management for 24 chronically homeless adults who suffer from mental illness and/or substance abuse.

“The clients we will house are those that have been homeless for many years and have been diagnosed with a mental illness and other severe health problems,” A-SPAN Executive Director Kathleen Sibert said in a press release. “Despite those difficulties, we’ve shown that these clients can be successful, but they are our most vulnerable neighbors. Helping them get into housing is our main goal and what we’re working toward with the 100 Homes for 100 Homeless Arlingtonians Campaign.”

  • Paul

    $93,000 divided by 6 equals $15,500. Just thought I’d run the calculation.

    • Good Grief

      Its amazing how such little can help so much. Congrats to A-SPAN!

    • Crystal City

      They probably aren’t buying them a house or anything. $15,500 over the course of the year will cover rent at 1291.66/month. Which is probably way more than they will actually need to house these people.

  • Tom M.

    It seems quite clear that, for some, “homelessness” isn’t a condition, but an occupation. If someone panhandles at the same intersection for 10 years, I’m sorry, but they’re making a choice not to seek help.

    • drax

      What if they have serious mental health problems?

      • ArlingtonWay

        The dude that has panhandled at the intersection near my House for a decade is not mentally ill. He and his fellow panhandling team are simply grifters.

        • drax

          Because you can diagnose people just by looking at them!

          In any event, we’re talking about all homeless people, not just the guy near your house. You aren’t the center of the universe.

          • Eponymous Coward

            I think the saying is, “the plural of anecdote is not data.” Any more than that car which plowed into a duplex earlier today is representative of all Va. drivers.

            Actually, strike that last part.

    • Bard

      What makes it so clear to you? I’m assuming this comes from your years of experience working with the chronically homeless?

  • ARL4LYF

    A-Span does a great job with the community. You should see them in action. Great staff.

  • SoMuchForSubtlety

    Congratulations A-SPAN!! This is very good news, and hopefully will help eliminate chronic homelessness in Arlington.

  • KalashniKEV

    Congrats ASPAN!
    Hopefully they can get a new facility on 4 Mile Run or way out West on the Pike…

    • SoArl

      Just when I was starting to like you KEV…

      • KalashniKEV

        Sorry… none of us want to be anywhere near it, but it does make more sense.

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