ARLINGTON, VA (January 19, 2015) - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today more than $6.9 million in Housing Trust Fund grants and loans for the Homeless Reduction Grant and the Competitive Loan Program. Twenty-three projects will receive grants through these two programs of the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. The Trust Fund is intended to create and preserve affordable housing and to reduce homelessness in the Commonwealth. Pathway Homes was awarded $600,000 to expand its Permanent Supportive Housing First Program.
Speaking about today’s announcement at an event in Arlington, Governor McAuliffe said, “Building a new Virginia economy means expanding economic security and opportunity to Virginians from every walk of life – and access to secure and affordable housing is an essential part of that effort. The Virginia Housing Trust Fund uses innovative funding tools to promote affordable housing and homelessness prevention across the Commonwealth. I am proud to award these grants and watch them work to improve real people’s lives and grow our economy.”
“We are thrilled to be recognized for our successes, and honored to be chosen by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a recipient of these housing funds,” said Pathways President and CEO, Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard. “We are committed to ending chronic homelessness in our communities for people with serious mental illnesses. This funding from the commonwealth will allow us to acquire additional one-bedroom housing units, and bring more individuals out of the woods, off the streets, and onto the road to recovery.”
“Safe, affordable housing is the foundation of a strong community and a key component of any economic development strategy for catalyzing job growth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones, who also attended today’s event. “This funding will help our communities provide that foundation, which is vital to creating a place for people to live, go to school, work and do business.”
For more than 30 years, Pathway Homes has been a leading provider of housing and support services for adults with mental illness and co-occurring disorders in the Northern Virginia region, embodying the spirit of recovery. More about Pathway Homes at www.pathwayhomes.org.