has awarded a $10,000 grant to Connections for the Homeless in Evanston.

It’s part of a $100,000 national grant program run by the apartment rental listing service funding 16 organizations that serve the homeless population. President Dick Burke says hundreds of organizations applied for the grant program.

Connections serves over 900 people each year from more than 31 municipalities out of an estimated 3,000 people who are homeless in northern Cook County.

Joe Moag, foundation relations manager for Connections, says, “We will be able to do a lot to further our mission and achieve the goals of their grant program with this $10,000 in funding.”

Connections works to prevent people from losing their homes, provides housing, and helps clients to reach the greatest level of self-sufficiency possible while preserving individual dignity and keeping families intact.

Grant funding will support the Connections EntryPoint Street Outreach Program designed to identify, engage and ultimately move more homeless into housing.

EntryPoint provides a range of outreach and support services to people living on the streets, including showers, storage facilities, access to computers and phones, food, clothing, health stabilization services and contact with case managers.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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