Transitional Housing Grant approved

Transitional Housing Grant approved

A grant approved Tuesday allows the city of Amarillo and an area organization to continue providing essential services to families in need.

Without this grant, the Downtown Women's Center and the city of Amarillo would not be able to help about 100 area adults and children with transitional housing.

More than $200,000 will be going to the city and this organization so they can continue offering housing and case management services to homeless.

This two-year program provides financial assistance for rent, education, child care, and transportation to families who've been in a shelter for 30 days or longer.

Valiria Smith is finishing up the program this month. She says, "I started the program. I was able to get housing. And they helped me, you know, pay my bills and get on my feet. And you know, I'm a student. And they helped me out with the school and everything. So it's been a really, really great program for me as a student as well as a mother of two children."

Smith is graduating in may from WT A&M and is working on getting a full-time job. The funds for this program are provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

If you are interested in the program, you can contact the Downtown Women's Center at (806) 372-3625.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.