The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously agreed to seek more than $1.4 million in federal grants to combat homelessness this year.

The money will be used for rental housing, rental assistance, housing rehabilitation and the First-Time Homebuyers program.

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Among the recipients are King of Kings Community Church for a homeless shelter, Interfaith Hospitality Network for a shelter and assistance to homeless families with children, Hometown Heroes for housing assistance, Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and Ocean County Hunger Relief.

A total of six public hearings were held on the grant applications and the funding recommendations were made by the County Housing Advisory Committee and the CDBG Steering Committee, which consists of a representative from each of the county’s participating municipalities.

Monies are expected to be available in July. 

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