Stimulus funds granted to provide housing assistance in North Texas are slowly being utilized.
Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) – Stimulus funds granted for a program that provides housing aid is reportedly being distributed more slowly than expected. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, only an estimated $2 million of the $25 million granted for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program has been used so far. The program was reportedly put in place to provide temporary assistance for those in need due to extenuating circumstances.
As noted in the report, Dallas officials are evaluating possible reasons for the slow response in providing assistance. Bernadette Mitchell, assistant director of the city of Dallas’ housing and community services, is quoted in the report as stating of the matter, “The city of Dallas is very concerned and we are evaluating the need for more staff persons to address this particular issue…The volume of people trying to access the service is overwhelming the system. Only a certain number of people can be fully interviewed for assistance and provided other needed referrals per day.”
More information about agencies that provide assistance through the program may be available by calling the social services helpline 2-1-1.
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