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HUD Money To Help Keep 'High Barrier' Residents Supported And Housed

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Dept.

More than $235,000 in federal money has been awarded to a Eugene non-profit. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this will help support what’s called “high barrier” housing residents.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ‘s Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency Service Coordinators Program. It’s a grant that Eugene-based Homes for Good has received for more than a decade.

Executive Director Jacob Fox says this helps residents in federally-subsidized housing connect with support services if they’re dealing with significant mental or physical health challenges.

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Jacob Fox, Executive Director for Homes for Good, February 2019.

“Recently our resident services coordinator jumped in to help an elderly man who had some hoarding issues going on in his unit," recalls Fox. 

"The resident services coordinator worked closely with property management and other community-based partners and help that person reduce the hoarding in his unit to a level that met the lease guidelines, so we were able to prevent an eviction.”

Fox says this funding is important because it keeps many high barrier people from being evicted, and likely ending up on the streets.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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