Pilgrims’ Inn in Rock Hill getting federal funds to address homelessness

A Rock Hill shelter is among dozens in South Carolina that will share in almost $10 million from the federal government for programs to help the homeless.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced Monday that the money will go to 66 programs throughout the state that provide services for the homeless. The programs help those living on the streets, as well as helping the homeless find services.

Among those organizations receiving funds is Pilgrims’ Inn, a shelter based in Rock Hill. Pilgrims’ Inn will receive around $50,000 to secure permanent housing for clients with a history of mental illness or substance abuse, said Bryant Ward, the shelter’s executive director.

One of the largest factors in determining who gets HUD funding is the Point-in-Time count, an annual census of the area’s homeless population. Pilgrims’ Inn serves as the key organization for York County’s Point-in-Time count, which will run from Wednesday through Feb. 4.

Pilgrims’ Inn is still seeking volunteers to help with the count, Ward said. People wanting to volunteer should call 803-327-4227.

The Associated Press contributed.