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HUD officials visit Bemidji to announce $123 million in funding to address homeless youth nationwide

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday in Bemidji alongside local leaders that it would be awarding $123 million to address youth homelessness across the nation.

A $2 million grant is designated to the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in Bemidji. It's the maximum award amount HUD released, and the foundation was the only recipient in Minnesota. Leaders say the funding will be focused on systems-level change to support Indigenous youth experiencing housing instability and homelessness.

"We know that we need to build a system of homeless response that advances racial justice with tribal sovereignty at the center," said Margaret Treuer, a foundation program officer, in a news release.


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