MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis officials say a $5 million federal grant to help keep homeless families together is important to the city.
Community Alliance for the Homeless executive director Katie Kitchin said homelessness is often what she called a pathway to foster care.
The Commercial Appeal reported Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said the grant announced Wednesday will let the city get whole families into permanent housing they can afford.
Besides the federal dollars, four nonprofit foundations are putting a combined $10 million into the project over the next five years.
The federal government estimates that homeless families account for more than one-third of overall homelessness.