Des Moines-based Anawim Housing has been awarded $187,000 in annual and renewable funding through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development to serve young adults from 18 to 24 years old who are homeless with permanent supportive housing. The grant is in conjunction with the Polk County Continuum of Care’s transformative two-year Youth Homeless Demonstration Program aimed at ending youth homelessness in Polk County. The county was one of 23 communities nationwide selected for the program, and last year received a two-year, $1.86 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for demonstration projects. “Our years of experience in offering Permanent Supportive Housing solutions to our community has uniquely prepared Anawim to take on this vital role serving those very young and vulnerable individuals,” said Russ Frazier, Anawim Housing’s president. “Lives will be saved and lives will be changed thanks to this opportunity.” The highly specialized program will serve homeless youths with a mental health condition, or who have a substance use disorder, are fleeing domestic violence or are medically fragile. Anawim Housing has managed Permanent Supportive Housing programs in Polk County for more than 20 years and currently administers over $2.5 million in HUD funding serving more than 450 individuals and families annually.