Jonesboro to receive grant money to combat homelessness

Jonesboro to receive grant money to combat homelessness

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro will receive nearly $95,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to combat homelessness.

The city issued a news release Tuesday.

In the release, Jonesboro will get more than $94,397 that will help the city offer subsidies for rent and utilities.

Emma Agnew, the taskforce facilitator, said the Taskforce to End Homelessness set up by Mayor Harold Perrin will coordinate the use of the funds.

The city claimed approximately 150 people are homeless in Craighead, Greene and Poinsett County, with nearly 50 claiming Jonesboro as "home".

"This grant is something I've been hoping for because it allows us to place homeless individuals and families into permanent housing," Perrin said in the news release.

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