Fed money for homeless bypassing Graham, Greenlee

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PHOENIX — Arizona will receive $65.7 million to help with homelessness, but none of that is coming to Graham or Greenlee counties.

The funding was announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is making $3.16 billion available nationwide.

Out of Arizona’s share, Maricopa County projects will receive $46.5 million, while Pima County projects will be awarded $13.3 million.

The remaining $5.9 million will be spread out across the rest of the state.

Regional recipients include:

● $271,887 for Cochise County Rapid Re-Housing

● $114,598 for Community Bridges Inc. Gila County Permanent Supportive Housing

● $283,953 for A New Leaf Domestic Violence Rapid Re-Housing, Pinal County

Last September, the Gila Valley Ministerial Association, with support from Graham County, City of Safford, and the Towns of Thatcher and Pima, opened the Gila Valley Samaritan Home respite and information center for the homeless.

In addition, Community Partners conducted a point-in-time count of the homeless population in Graham County last week, connecting with homeless individuals at two locations — Samaritan Home in Safford and the Bylas Rest Stop on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.

Data from the point-in-time count has not yet been released.