City homeless programs to receive more than $2 million in federal funds

WICHITA -- Homeless programs in the Wichita area will receive more than $2 million in federal funds, the City of Wichita announced today.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide $2.111 million to the Wichita Continuum of Care. The amount, which is shared by several agencies and the city, is slightly more than it received at the end of 2008.

The increase reflects current fair market rent levels for the city-administered Shelter Plus Care program.

Other agencies that will also receive part of the funding are Sedgwick County's Comcare, Inter-Faith Ministries, the Salvation Army, United Methodist Open Door, United Way of the Plains and the Wichita Children's Home.

The city submits the annual allocation on behalf of the community agencies and will oversee the expenditure of the funds.