By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County has been awarded a $21.8 million grant to help reduce homelessness.

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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Monday.

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The county says the 65 projects that will be funded represent 20 different agencies that provide housing and services to homeless people and families throughout the county.

“This award is a significant recognition of the county and its provider’s efforts to find solutions for the complex housing needs of our most vulnerable residents,” said Fitzgerald in a press release.

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“This year’s award includes a $1 million dollar increase over last year which also allows us to leverage our designation as a Unified Funding Agency. As a result, we are better able to control where this money is spent which means that we can help more people find housing.”