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Funding Boost for Homeless Program

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials say the Las Vegas area is going to get more than $6.5 million in federal funds this year for homeless shelter and assistance programs.

The Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition says that’ll be $300,000 more than the $6.2 million in Housing and Urban Development Homeless Assistance Funds received last year.

That’s almost a 5 percent boost.

Clark County officials say that will mean continued funding for 54 units of family transitional housing, more than 450 units for individuals and 16 for homeless youth.

The funding will also continue permanent housing programs for 31 households with mental illness issues, and almost 200 housing units for individuals.

Officials say more than 4,000 homeless individuals and families receive shelter and support services nightly due to what officials call Continuum of Care funds.

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