- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $7.8 million in grants to 72 homeless housing and service programs in Oklahoma.

The funding announced Monday is an increase of $356,155 over the previous year. HUD’s Continuum of Care grants help agencies provide housing and support services to people and families experiencing homelessness.

Local programs receiving the grants offer a variety of services including street outreach, client assessment, and direct housing assistance. Nationally, HUD awarded $1.8 billion.

The grants allow local providers to offer permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as job training and health care.

Entities receiving grants in Oklahoma include the Building Foundations Supportive Housing Program in Oklahoma City, which received $436,388, and Domestic Violence Intervention Services of Tulsa, which got $149,369.

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