Tangipahoa Parish government has been awarded $100,000 to help prevent homelessness and assist people without shelter.

Parish President Gordon Burgess said the grant funds may help as many as 40 to 50 families facing eviction or already displaced and in need of re-housing assistance.

This year’s award is the highest Tangipahoa Parish has received since the Emergency Shelter Homeless Assistance grant program began working with the parish in the late 1990s, he said.

“The goal is to help move the applicant family to a place of independence and security by providing them with the services they need,” Burgess said. “We anticipate that we will have the new funds available within the next 30-45 days.”

Families in need of help can call the parish’s Housing Assistance (Section 8) office in Amite at (985) 748-2250 to schedule an appointment to complete an application. Applications are approved based on income and need.