City-county homeless program out of money

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No new clients will be accepted into a two-year-old Allegheny County-Pittsburgh program that has helped more than 3,000 people at risk of homelessness.

The effort has been funded since September 2009 with about $14 million in federal stimulus funds.

The remaining money will be used to serve individuals and families who are already on the waiting list for the Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program, according to a joint news release from the city and county.

The program has been run by the county's Office of Economic Development and the city Planning Department.

Aid provided to participants includes rent and utility assistance. It also helps to pay relocation costs for those who are facing eviction or who are living in shelters or places unfit for human habitation.

To qualify for the program people had to have household income less than 50 percent of the federal median income for the region. That number is $22,500 for an individual and $31,500 for a family of four.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Len Barcousky: lbarcousky@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1159.


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