The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded nearly $32 million in Continuum of Care grants to renew support for 116 local homeless assistance programs across Missouri for fiscal year 2018.

The grants include about $420,000 to the Community Services League, which serves Eastern Jackson County; nearly $284,000 to Shelter Plus Care Independence; and more than $944,000 to Consolidated Shelter Plus Care KC and Independence. In all, six Shelter Plus Care programs in Jackson County received grants.

Continuum of Care funding supports interventions meant to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. According to a release, HUD serves more than a million people through emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing programs.

Shelter Plus Care provides permanent housing through rental assistance for people who are both homeless and mentally disabled.

HUD will announce new project awards at a later date.