WV's Sens. Manchin, Capito secure more than $3 million to combat youth homelessness

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Tuesday that $3,364,003 had been allocated to combat children and youth homelessness in West Virginia. 

“There are more than 10,500 homeless children and youth in West Virginia. This is an unfortunate and unacceptable issue we are facing,” Manchin said. 

“Ensuring that our children have a safe, stable and comfortable place to sleep at night is essential to their well-being, and if they don’t have a place to sleep, they can’t learn," he said. “As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for funding that helps children in West Virginia.” 

Capito also emphasized the need for such funding. 

“It is critical all of West Virginia’s children — especially those who are homeless — receive the care and services they need. Getting kids off the streets and into stable living means giving these kids a chance at a better life,” she said. 

“West Virginians always take care of their own, and providing these kids with a safe place to sleep is an important first step,” Capito said. 

Individual awards are listed below: 

$2,650,000 — Prestera Center for Mental Health Services Inc.

$403,985 — West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

$160,000 — Youth Services System Inc.

$149,018 — Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless

By:  Staff
Source: The State Journal