Nearly $24 million dollars in federal grant funds were awarded Tuesday to homeless programs throughout Colorado. The Denver Post reports that the majority of the money -- almost $20 million -- is going to programs in metro Denver.

The news comes in the midst of an operation by the city to clear out homeless encampments on the north side of downtown.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development says 62 service agencies throughout the state will receive the money, with Denver-area projects receiving money as officials try to address a growing homeless population. The HUD grants come as part of the department's national Continuums of Care Program.