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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

County discusses homeless prevention funds

Homelessness may not be as noticeable in rural Minnesota as in the metro area, but it does exist.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cottonwood County Commissioners discussed funding the county has received from the state to help address the matter.

Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services Administrator Simoine Bolin said the state allocated $9,400 in 2023 and $6,400 in 2024 for use in emergency assistance eligibility programs.

Bolin stated that people that might be eligible for this state aid are likely already eligible for other health and human services assistance.

The funding is received in two installments the year after it is certified, with the program eventually ending after aid is paid in 2028.

The board approved allowing DVHHS to use the funds for the duration of the program, with reporting to the county on the number of families served and assistance provided.

More from Tuesday’s meeting appears in the Jan. 17 print and e-editions of the Citizen.

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