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Spokane to collect $3.8 million in homelessness grants

Spokane will receive nearly $3.8 million in federal funding to address homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday.

The annual grants, which fund projects including transitional housing, rental assistance and homeless shelters, cover the 2016 fiscal year.

Most of the grants are unchanged from 2015, but the House of Charity was a new addition to the 2016 list, with $155,000 in federal funding. One of several Catholic Charities housing first programs was not on the 2016 list.

Other grants will support SNAP’s rapid re-housing programs, the city’s homeless management information system and the coordinated assessment program that directs homeless people to services.

In total, Spokane received about $46,000 less in funding than last year.