Programs for the homeless in southern Nevada are getting a $6.5 million boost from the federal government.
The new grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will fund eight local projects, including 70 new housing units; 177 transitional housing beds for the chronically homeless and mentally ill; and 236 permanent housing units for mentally ill individuals who were once homeless.
Clark County government officials said the grant was a huge step forward.
It came in at 25 percent more than originally requested, an increase awarded because the federal government used a more current count of chronically homeless individuals in Clark County.
About $3.5 million of the grant will go toward new project funding over the next five years, including the creation of new housing by Clark County Social Service.
The remaining money will support programs now offered by agencies such as Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, the Salvation Army, and Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services.
About 11,500 homeless people live in the Las Vegas area.