Federal grant to help Michigan's chronically homeless

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Several agencies are in line for grant money to assist Michigan residents who are chronically homeless and suffering from severe mental illness, substance abuse or other disorders.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says Friday that the funds will come from a $4.5 million U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant.

It will be used to expand the Michigan Housing and Recovery Initiative which helps the homeless find and maintain permanent supportive housing, enrolls them in mainstream health and other benefits, and provides behavioral health recovery.

Michigan Health and Human Services will subcontract with agencies in Detroit, the Lansing area and in Berrien County to serve 410 families and individuals. The state says services will include outreach and ongoing housing case management.

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