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Program aids homeless Native American Veterans

CASS LAKE — Homeless Native American veterans in northern Minnesota in Cass Lake and White Earth will receive help this winter to find housing.

The Native American communities have been awarded $302,000 for permanent housing and support services for Native American veterans who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless, according to a release Friday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Leech Lake Housing Authority in Cass Lake has been given $159,022 and White Earth Reservation Housing Authority received $142,980. In all, HUD and the VA awarded $5.9 million in grants to 26 tribes to offer a permanent home and supportive services through the Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program, which will aid up to 500 people nationwide; 40 of whom are local Native veterans — 20 at Leech Lake and 20 at White Earth.

“By targeting resources directly to tribes, we can better honor the service and sacrifice of Native American Veterans who now need a roof over their heads,” HUD Secretary Julian Castro said in a release. “These heroes deserve hope for a brighter future and by offering permanent housing solutions, combined with needed services and case management, we can work with Tribes to end veteran homelessness.”

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