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Over $19M approved for KY homeless

U.S. Department of Housing

More than $19 million has been awarded to help homeless housing and service programs in Kentucky. U.S. Housing and Urban Development announced the grants this week. A total of $1.8 billion was awarded nationwide. The funds will help with services such as street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance. Funding will also help provide continued permanent and transitional housing for homeless people and services such as job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. The Louisville area is receiving almost $9.2 million of the funding, the Lexington area will receive more than $1.5 million and the rest of the state is allocated nearly $8.3 million. (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Updated: 10:31 am, Tuesday)

McConnell announces $4.6M for PGDP

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has announced the U.S. Department of Labor has approved nearly $4.6 million for the West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board to assist dislocated workers and their families affected by the end of uranium enrichment activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah as well as workers in Madisonville. Sen. McConnell encouraged the agency to approve the competitive federal grant on behalf of the PGDP. Also, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield said providing job retraining is an important step for employment growth and economic development in the First District. (Updated: 10:27 am, Tuesday)

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