Hope Center To Enhance Substance Abuse, HIV AIDS, and Veterans' Programs

Lexington, KY – Lexington's Hope Center will soon be able to help more people in need thanks to two new federal grants announced today. 2.25 million dollars will be used to establish what's being billed as the state's first comprehensive substance abuse and HIV/AIDS treatment program for homeless men. The funding comes from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, a public health agency within the
Department of Health and Human Services. Hope Center Executive Director Cecil Dunn says the money will be used to enhance a number of programs.

A grant from The Department of Veteran's Affairs will also help offset the Hope Center's cost of its veteran's outreach and support programs.

The program will be coordinated by Kristy Swenson, a decorated Iraq War veteran. The Hope Center currently shelters 45 veterans.