NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan is giving $1.2 million to programs to help the homeless in seven cities around Louisiana. A news release says the money will continue work at 10 programs in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Mandeville, New Orleans, and Shreveport.

The Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local projects to meet the needs of their homeless clients. The grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment to transitional and permanent housing.

The largest grant is $275,500 to the Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana. It’s to be used for the Biedenharn Center for Women’s Issues in Shreveport.

The smallest is nearly $37,700 to the Inner City Revitalization Corp. for Olive House in Alexandria.