CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nearly $2 million in federal funds will go to support homelessness prevention, emergency shelters and related services in West Virginia, Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall, all D-W.Va., announced Friday.
"Having shelter and a place to sleep is a basic necessity. Emergencies happen that leave families homeless," Rockefeller said. "This funding goes to assisting those in need."
The federal Emergency Shelter Grants Program provides money to rehabilitate or convert buildings into homeless shelters. The funds also fund social services and homeless prevention activities.
The new ESG grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will provide $145,296 to Charleston, $162,455 to Huntington and $1.65 million to the rest of the state.
West Virginians, Manchin said, have "always valued neighbors helping neighbors. ... These funds will help make sure that families who are facing tremendous financial challenges can have a roof over their heads and a warm bed while they work to get back on their feet."
"There is no substitute for the peace of mind the safety and security of a shelter for one's loved ones can bring," Rahall said.