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New Funding to Help Homeless in Montgomery County

Funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development are providing some additional support for the homeless. WYSO’s Jerry Kenney has the details.

Nearly $700,000 dollars are coming to Montgomery County HUD agencies. Debbie Watts Robinson is CEO with Miami Valley Housing Opportunities.

MVHO received $325,000 in grant money – that will go towards the purchase of 12 housing units for single adults with disabilities.

Robinson says the MVHO has found "that when people have the stability of having housing that they can actually afford, that they do well. So, obviously, everybody doesn't, but our success rate is pretty high."

Additional monies have been awarded to the River Commons apartment complex, and MVHO subsidy programs for the homeless, and while Robinson says Montgomery County is "very fortunate because we do have shelters, and so people don't have to be outdoors," she adds, "we are always trying to find and provide for people in cost a effective way."

US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the grants are part of a federal initiative that awarded Ohio more than $9 million dollars awarded to 21 projects around the state.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.