PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Over the years Russell County has taken several steps to combat homelessness and now they are getting some financial help to get the job done. One particular organization is putting some grant money to good use.
The House of Restoration has been working with the Lee-Russell Council of Government to not only combat homelessness but rehabilitate those effected.
At Wednesday morning's Russell County Commission meeting, Reverend Johnnie Robinson introduced residents at his shelter to show the face of homelessness.
He announced the House of Restoration just received nearly $150,000 from Alabama Housing and Redevelopment to help their shelters, "We just help people get on their feet, stay on their feet and try to keep families in tact while they are seeking employment or trying to better their life."
The money will be used to purchase curriculum, help residents further their education, and search for jobs. Funds will also go towards transportation for homeless people and any counseling they may need.
The House of Restoration has also been awarded grants from Veterans Assistance and the United Way, meaning more than $400,000 will be coming into the organization.
Commission members really applauded the House of Restoration's efforts to help these homeless people get back on their feet and they thanked the employees for actively seeking these grants to further their work.