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Federal funding to help homelessness in Central Louisiana

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Federal funding totaling more than half a million dollars will continue to help Rapides Parish's homeless population through a variety of nonprofit programs.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development renewed a grant for $613,296 to be divided among five agencies, each of which assists the homeless community in Central Louisiana.

The Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition Director Kendra Gauthier says each January the homeless coalition conducts a count of homeless people living in Alexandria. She says this year they counted nearly 200, some of whom are transient, and some of whom were temporarily homeless. Gauthier said on any given day, there could be 35 to 40 chronically homeless people living on the streets of Alexandria.

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