Medford Hearts with a Mission Organization to Receive $ 250,000 Grant for Transitional Living Program

MEDFORD, Oregon – A Medford organization dedicated to helping homeless, runaway and at-risk youth will receive a $ 250,000 grant for a transitional living program, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

A total of five Oregon organizations will receive a combined grant of $ 1.3 million for street outreach and transition services for youth facing housing insecurity.

“The housing insecurity epidemic among Oregon’s youth puts them at risk on the streets and jeopardizes their chance to learn in school so they can lead stable and successful lives,” Wyden said . “I am delighted that these federal resources are helping community organizations in these five counties connect young people with safe, long-term housing and services, and I will continue to fight for similar resources across the state.” “

The US Department of Health and Human Services provided the funds through the Awareness in the street and Transition life programs, designed to help youth find long-term, stable housing and connect homeless youth to caring adults.

“Young people should be able to focus on school, discover their talents and interests, and build relationships, regardless of where they are going to sleep that night,” Merkley said. “Helping Oregon’s youth find permanent, reliable housing should be a top priority – especially during an ongoing pandemic – and I’m happy to see Oregon counties receiving federal funding to tackle it. to this urgent problem. I will continue to fight for every Oregonian, regardless of age, to have a healthy living environment and a place to call home. “

Hearts with a Mission was the only program in southern Oregon to receive a grant in this cycle. Grants ranging from $ 125,000 to $ 250,000 have been made to organizations in Yamhill, Marion, Lane and Multnomah counties.

“We are in the highest risk period ever for young people living on the streets without shelter. In addition to surviving, they face serious mental health issues and increasing violence on a daily basis. We do not believe that there are “homeless youth” in our communities, but rather “children without families” who deserve a safe place to find the home they deserve and the support needed to maintain it. And that’s exactly what these federal resources will help accomplish, ”said Dennis Morrow, executive director of Janus Youth Programs, Inc. in Portland.

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