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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
awarded the City of New Orleans an $800,000 grant to provide housing and mental health services to people experiencing homelessness. The grant benefits the Health Department's New Orleans Equity and Inclusion Initiative, which supports 120 people experiencing chronic homelessness and another 20 families with children.

FestiGals
raised more than $35,000 for the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, Breastoration and the New Orleans Family Justice Center during the group's July 28-30 event. Since 2011, the women's empowerment event has raised more than $130,000 for women's organizations and cancer treatment.

Louisiana
has such poor air quality that it contributes to 65 deaths and more than 140 major health-threatening events a year, accord- ing to a recent air quality report from the American Thoracic Society. In New Or-leans, poor air quality contributes to more than 20 of those deaths and 50 health events. More than 9,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are linked to pollution exceeding the Thor- acic Society's recom- mended standards.

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