Monday, February 23, 2009
City of Wichita officials announced on Monday that Wichita will receive slightly more than $2 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to continue providing shelter and other resources to assist the homeless.
Phil Mangano, Executive Director of the White House Interagency Council on Homelessness, praised the community's collaborative efforts to assist the homeless.
"It's a tribute to the political will of Mayor Brewer and local government officials as well as the civic will of the business community," Mangano said. "Wichita is moving in the right direction and that is attracting more federal assistance to the city."
"We know that the needs are increasing around the country, so we are glad to have these resources to assist the homeless population in Wichita," Mayor Brewer said. "These funds are the result of teamwork across the community."
Mangano said there will be funds for Wichita in the Stimulus Package, which was recently authorized by Congress. Locally, the City Manager's Office is coordinating a staff team, which is monitoring Stimulus Package funding to ensure that Wichita is positioned to receive and utilize funds to benefit our community.