Lucas County Commissioners approve funding to combat COVID-19-related homelessness

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Friday, the Lucas County Board of Commissioners approved over $400,000 worth of funding to help those experiencing homelessness due to COVID-19.

“Throughout the pandemic, Lucas County has taken steps to alleviate the detrimental impacts of the coronavirus to our residents, especially those who are most vulnerable, including people experiencing homelessness,” said Gary Byers, president of the Lucas County Board of Commissioners.

The commissioners approved $376,000 for the Housing Problem Solving program, an initiative of the Toledo-Lucas County Homelessness Board, which employs strategies designed to prevent or shorten the duration of homelessness for residents of Lucas County.

The program is designed to use fewer resources to provide the necessary support for individuals and families to keep them from experiencing chronic homelessness. Since launching in August, this program has served nearly 200 people.

In a separate resolution, the commissioners authorized $100,000 for the TLCHB to support their emergency hotel/motel service program, which provides up to 30 days of interim housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, in order to address the increased need that has complicated physical distancing shelters.

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Jaden Jefferson

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