County to also send low-income assistance plan through state

Washington County will receive an additional $236,130 from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency to use through Sept. 30, 2021, to prevent or mitigate homelessness in the county, after the County Board approved an agreement with the agency Oct. 22.

The grant is in addition to Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program funds that the county received, bringing the grant total to $573,459 for a two-year period.

The money will be used to support Solid Ground, which provides rapid re-housing for families, which includes rent payment assistance and support services, $183,007; support the YMCA, which provides rapid re-housing for youth, which includes rent payment assistance and support services, $164,698; support Salvation Army Prevention for all populations, prioritizing single adults, $113,504; and Washington County Homeless Outreach Services Team, which is prevention for all populations who come through HOST’s “Front Door,” prioritizing single adults, $59,904. Also, $52,346 will be used by Washington County for administration of the grant.

St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center in Mahtomedi and Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater will once again open their doors and managing volunteer resources through winter. 

The Washington County Board of Commissioners also agreed to submit the county’s Minnesota Family Investment Program Service Plan to the state Department of Human Services. State law requires counties and nations/tribes to have a Biennial Service Agreement approved by the state Department of Human Services to receive funds for the Minnesota Family Investment Program. The service plan provides the department with information about services and strategies within Washington County to meet state established outcomes with the goal of increasing the economic stability of low-income families provided services with consolidated funds. The service plan will give the state a comprehensive assessment of current efforts, insight into what assistance is needed, and information on new strategies to better serve program participants.

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