New Orleans receives $800,000 federal grant

New Orleans receives $800,000 federal grant
Source: City of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The city's efforts to improve access to housing and mental health care for the homeless just got a boost from an $800,000 federal grant.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will help support the Health Departments newly-developed New Orleans Equity and Inclusion Initiative.

The initiative sill provide housing services, mental health and substance abuse treatment and recovery services as well as assistance obtaining Medicaid and other benefits for 120 chronically homeless individuals and 20 vulnerable homeless families with children.

"This grant will allow us to continue to make a real difference in the lives of our most vulnerable," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a news release Friday.

According to the news release, 65 percent of New Orleans' chronic homeless population do not have health insurance. City officials say the initiative "aims to ensure that healthcare services, including the state's recently-expanded Medicaid program, are accessible to this difficult-to-reach population."

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