PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Programs that help the homeless in Rhode Island have been awarded nearly $5.8 million in total in federal funding.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced that grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will support 38 homeless assistance programs that deliver safe, affordable housing and supportive services.

Among the recipients, Foster Forward and the Community Care Alliance received two of the larger grants for their work to prevent youth homelessness.

The federal grants will be administered by HUD, coordinated at the state level by Rhode Island Housing and jointly administered by nonprofits.

Reed says the money is vital to keeping a commitment to prevent and end homelessness in Rhode Island. He says it will help pay for rapid rehousing and permanent housing, as well as outreach.