SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – New North Citizens’ Council has been awarded around $1 million from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

New North Citizens’ Council (NNCC) is a non-profit organization in Springfield that was awarded $1 million for a new program to help youth homelessness. This program will create a space for 16 emergency beds for transitioning-age youth and young adults, according to a news release sent to 22News from NNCC.

The current HUD Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program Housing Inventory Count Report has only 10 emergency shelter beds in Springfield and Hampden County. Josiah Gonzalez of the NNCC told 22News they’d ideally like to create a space on the third floor of their Springfield office for 16 additional beds.

“A young person who’s couch-surfing, can start out in an emergency bed upstairs and during the day Monday-Friday, they can attend our youth-build program, earn a stipend and really do the full holistic approach to serving the young person,” Gonzalez said.

This new program is estimated to open later this year.