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County Seeks Assistance to Help Homeless Population

by and on September 12, 2016 12:58 PM

Centre County will be seeking funding from the state to provide rental assistance, security deposits and case management support to homeless individuals and their families for up to 12 months.

Natalie Corman, deputy administrator of human services, visited the Centre County board of commissioner's meeting Sept. 6 to ask the commissioners for their consent to seek the Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care grant money. She said the grant total is $236,120, with $188,896 coming from federal coffers. She said Centre County must provide a 25 percent match to the grant, if awarded, which could be monetary or in-kind.

Corman said the funding would provide nine one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units and serve up to 26 individuals, including children, for a 12-month period.

"This is a unique program in that an individual gets in a place, and that's their home," Corman said. "It's not like the transitional programs that we have now, where people move from one apartment to the next. They will be going in a home."

The commissioners agreed to proclaim the county as the grant applicant, with Housing Transition identified as the sub-recipient to administer the program.

In other business, the commissioners:

■ Approved a contract between the county and Fullington Trailways for a trip to Hollywood Casino on Thursday, Oct. 13. The trip will be paid for by the participants.

■ Approved a contract renewal between the county and Stenograph to provide service support for two court reporter machines. The contract total is $738.

■ Approved a contract renewal between the county and Universal Community Behavioral Health to provide outpatient, mental health crisis intervention and emergency services. The contract total is $395,000.

■ Approved a contract addendum between the county and Centre County Youth Service Bureau to allow for additional money to provide funding for prevention services that otherwise would not be funded in the amount of $83,289.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

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