Massachusetts is getting a $60 million boost from the federal government to help provide housing to homeless people in the state.
U.S. Sens. John Kerry and Scott Brown announced the funding on Tuesday, saying it is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Continuum of Care grant program.
The funding is intended to be used to help provide transitional and permanent housing and supportive services to homeless people across Massachusetts.
Kerry says the sometimes-harsh winter months are particularly difficult for people without homes and the extra federal spending will help ease that.
Brown said the money will not just help provide shelter, but will also help advocacy groups meet the health, social and economic needs of homeless people.
This program aired on December 20, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.