Grants totaling $2.97 million have been awarded to 46 counties and three American Indian tribes to help more people with disabilities have housing of their own through a new initiative from the state of Minnesota. Community Living Infrastructure Grants will go toward a variety of initiatives aimed at helping people with disabilities with housing instability get housing, move out into the community or remain in their own homes.

The grants, which will be distributed over four years, support people with disabilities by providing:

Outreach to people who are homeless, unstably housed, or who want to relocate from hospitals, treatment centers, corrections, or other facilities

Local experts to provide information and resources for individuals who need housing

Support for counties and tribes to administer and monitor effective Housing Support programs.

Grants awarded include $385,875 for Stevens, Traverse, Grant, Pope, Otter Tail, Douglas, Becker, Wadena and Wilkin counties; $187,211 for Stearns County; and $100,000 for the Southwestern Minnesota Adult Mental Health Consortium, which includes Big Stone, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, and Swift counties, among others.

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