Columbia Opportunities gets stimulus money to fight homelessness
HUDSON–As of August 1 of this year, about 130 people in Columbia County were seeking some kind of assistance because they were homeless. Some were individuals, some were families; one family, a single parent with kids, was living in the family car.
Those figures make a recent federal grant of $584,962 to Columbia Opportunities, Inc., the local, non-profit service agency that addresses housing and other issues countywide, all the more welcome. The money is for homelessness prevention and comes through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, also known as federal economic stimulus funds. With this grant and other funds in the pipeline, Columbia Opportunities will have over $1.5 million for programs to reduce homelessness and support other programs like home winterization and Head Start in Columbia and Greene counties.