Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Homelessness Prevention Program Launched

A homelessness prevention program has been launched in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to provide assistance to those who have lost their homes or who are at risk. The temporary program is funded with federal stimulus dollars. Allegheny County Spokesman Kevin Evanto says it will provide an array of services to those in need.

“We will be able to offer financial counseling, relocation services, rental assistance, help paying utilities bills and so forth,” he says.

To qualify, residents need to be deemed homeless or at risk to become homeless. Also, Evanto says families would have to be below 50 percent of the area median income, which is $31,250 in this area for a family of four. A toll-free hot line number has also been established for those who need help. The number is 1-877-350-HPRP, and calling hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

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