Nashville will receive a $3.54 million grant to end youth homelessness, it was announced on Friday. (WSMV)

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) –

The city of Nashville is helping to end youth homelessness through a new grant.

Nashville will be receiving $3.54 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, officials announced on Friday.

Some of the money will be used to build housing for homeless youth at the corner of Joe Johnston and 17th Avenue North.

“I was homeless for 573 days,” said Ashley Oswald, who found herself homeless in 2014 at the age of 20.

Oswald’s mother got sick, they lost their apartment and Ashley dropped out of college.

“I worried if I was ever going to be able to find housing,” said Oswald.

With help from organizations like the Oasis Center, Oswald has a home and plans to attend Fisk University.

She said this new grant will change a young person’s life.

“That would have one less thing on my mind and I could have focused on going to school and I would’ve never had to drop out, which means life would have been easier,” she said.

HUD is awarding $43 million to 11 local communities across the country.

The money will fund rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and other programs.

“What will happen with this $3.5 million? It will result in some part of that going towards construction, allowing us to build 40 apartments, permanent supportive housing for homeless youth that right now don’t have a home,” said MDHA Executive Director Jim Harbison.

“It’s all about building that system that identifies youth experiencing homelessness quickly and helps them move out of this situation into housing,” said Judith Tackett, Director of Metro Homeless Impact Division.

There is no word on when crews will break ground, but it is a two-year grant. The apartments should be complete by then.

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