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A total of $10.6 million was approved by the board of trustees of the Community Shelter Board to help prevent homelessness, give emergency shelter and to link those in need to housing during the organization’s upcoming fiscal year.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fiscal year begins July 1, and the allocations are the first step made to improve services and overall results for those single adults experiencing homelessness, according to a press release issued Monday.

The adult homeless population grew 20 percent over the past two years, and waitlists are continuing to grow.

“With longer shelter stays, and two out of three single adults unable to secure stable housing, the current system is not sustainable,” Executive Director Michelle Heritage said according to the release. “Waitlists continue to grow-at times more than 125 people have been waiting for a shelter bed because they are all full.”

According to the release, a process looking to come up with a sustainable solution to stop the cycle of homelessness for single adults is being led by the CSB.

Designed to move single adults more quickly into stable housing, the new system is looking to stop repeat homelessness and make sure everyone who needs shelter is able to get it by adding more capacity.

The use of coordinated case management is the first feature of the new system to be done this summer, according to the release.

“Case managers will work side-by-side with people to focus on housing and quick stabilization,” Heritage said. “Case managers will be mobile and will work with the person throughout their homeless crisis regardless of which shelter is used.” SOURCE

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