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Franklin, Delaware counties getting slice of $15.7 million in grants to combat homelessness

A tent at a homeless encampment in Columbus.
Adora Namigadde
A homeless camp on Columbus' East Side.

Two Franklin County facilities and a Delaware County organization are among the 40 Ohio nonprofits and local government agencies that will receive a portion of more than $15.7 million for homelessness prevention, re-housing and emergency shelter.

The Ohio Department of Development announced the grants awarded through the Homeless Crisis Response program on Wednesday. The money will help support 37 emergency shelters and a dozen housing stability programs across the state and is expected to impact around 39,000 Ohioans.

In Franklin County, the Community Shelter Board will receive just over $1 million for emergency shelter operations and another $1.8 million for its housing stability program in two two-year grants.

The grants will allow the Community Shelter Board to contract with Lutheran Social Services, Maryhaven, Southeast, YMCA of Central Ohio and YWCA of Columbus, which have a total of 589 beds for temporary shelter, along with 114 family shelter units with another 422 beds, according to the Ohio Department of Development. During the grant period, Community Shelter Board expects to serve around 10,500 people.

The Salvation Army of Columbus will also get a $1 million cut of the funding for rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention in Franklin County. The funding is expected to provide re-housing to about 125 households and homelessness prevention assistance to 75 households during the two-year grant period.

Family Promise of Delaware County is set to receive $118,600 to operate a 28-bed emergency shelter that may serve up to 330 people during the grant period. The funding will also help with data collection and evaluation and guarantee housing search and placement for those in need.

Allie Vugrincic has been a radio reporter at WOSU 89.7 NPR News since March 2023.