Technical Error May Cost St. Louis County $1 Million In Homeless Aid

CLAYTON, MO (KMOX) – A technical issue could be costing St. Louis County nearly a million dollars in homeless aid.

The St. Louis County Director of Human Services Andrea Jackson-Jennings said the county applied for grants from Continuum of Care, a federal program funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. But when the initial report of awards was published, the county wasn’t on it.

“Apparently there was some submission error when we were applying online and we have since gotten in contact with our HUD regional representative who was contacting [Washington] D.C.,” Jackson-Jennings said. “My team contacted a HUD help desk when we were submitting our application so they were very aware of the issue and they are trying to rectify the problem as we speak.”

Jennings said she still expects the county to receive their renewal for the entire amount but she does not know when the issue will get resolved. Last time they applied, the county received more than $900,000.

“St. Louis County definitely applied for the funding because we recognize that there is a homeless issue so we wouldn’t have a reason not to try to seek that additional funding and, as I indicated, it was just a problem with the technical submission.”

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