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Human Services Agency receives grant to help mentally-ill homeless population

Human Services Agency receives grant to help mentally-ill homeless population

The Washoe County Board of Commissioners approved a $240,000 grant to help the mentally-ill homeless population on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

The fiscal year 2018 Community Case Managers Grant is from the State of Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and will go to the Human Services Agency for the homeless.

According to the county, the grant funding will assist chronically homeless people suffering from mental illness by helping them move from the street to transitional and permanent housing.

In addition, they will have their primary care needs met and receive substance abuse and mental health treatment.

“This grant will go a long way in providing hope and much-needed help to our homeless population in Washoe County,” Human Services Agency Director, Amber Howell said. “I want to thank the State for supporting Washoe County’s goal to meet the needs of our chronically homeless, mentally-ill clients, in hopes of creating a safer, more secure and healthy community.”

During fiscal year 2016-17, community case managers successfully moved 79 chronically homeless individuals into housing and conducted 488 outreach contacts with chronically homeless individuals throughout the community.

The grant runs through September 30, 2018.

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