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Fri Mar 5, 2021, 04:17 PM

Guam awarded $3 million for permanent homeless shelter

The Government of Guam has been approved for $3 million in federal funds to help shelter the island’s vulnerable population. The grant was awarded by the Department of the Interior under the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) COVID Technical Assistance Program (TAP).

The TAP grant will go toward the acquisition and operation of a permanent non-congregate shelter for the homeless population to protect from COVID-19 transmission and other infectious diseases, along with funding for personnel to operate the facility, furniture, safety equipment, and other essential items.

“While community transmission remains low, we must remain vigilant and do what is necessary to keep our island safe. This funding ensures we are able to continue providing the critical resources needed to protect Guam’s homeless population, provide them shelter, and prevent further spread of the virus,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.

Last year, Governor Leon Guerrero signed Executive Order 2020-03, which established the Office of Homeless Assistance and Poverty Prevention (OHAPP). OHAPP is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio in close coordination with the Mayors’ Council of Guam.

Read more: https://www.pncguam.com/guam-awarded-3-million-for-permanent-homeless-shelter/

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