Catholic Charities of Tennessee has received a $27,000 Emergency Solutions Grant award from the Metropolitan (Nashville/Davidson County) Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) to support the agency's work to rapidly rehouse homeless families through its Family Empowerment program.
"The grant is to be used to rapidly rehouse individuals housed in shelters or living on the streets," explained Matt Preston, Family Empowerment program coordinator.
"The funds will help cover rent, rent deposits, and start-up utility costs and are meant to remove barriers for homeless individuals to immediately get back into housing."
"Receipt of this grant is exciting in so many ways," said Collen Mayer, Social Services department director.
"It is definitely a testament to the outstanding work that Matt and his team have done to successfully move families into stable housing. People throughout the community are very excited about this program."
"In about a year's time, our Family Empowerment program has quickly confirmed to the community that Catholic Charities of Tennessee is very serious about our efforts to reduce homelessness in Middle Tennessee," added Bill Sinclair, the agency's Executive Director.
"The work of this program is at the very heart of our mission as an agency."
The grant is for one year and is renewable. This award is the Family Empowerment program's first Emergency Solutions Grant.