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Carbon County authorizes human services initiatives

Published September 10. 2018 01:33PM

Carbon County is committed to helping homeless, seniors and disabled individuals through two human services initiatives.

On Thursday, the board voted to authorize the Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services to continue the Homeless Assistance Program Case Management, Rental Assistance Services and the Human Services Development Fund’s Chore and Housing Related Service beyond the original agreement ending June 30.

Commissioner William O’Gurek said that the motions typically occur when a state budget has not been finalized or word on funding hasn’t been received, but the county this week received notification that the allocations are coming.

The Homeless Assistance Program will have an allocation of $27,359, while the Human Services Development Fund has an allocation of $50,000.

The Human Services Development Fund program encompasses a number of programs to help low- to moderate-income people such as seniors or disabled individuals in their homes and the homeless assistance program helps those at risk of losing a home.

Other business

The commissioners also acted on the following items:

• Awarded the Community Development Block Grant 2014 project for the Jim Thorpe Seventh Street reconstruction to Lehigh Asphalt Paving and Construction of Tamaqua, which bid $76,430.

• Accepted the resignation of Matthew J. Gibbs-Buss of Nesquehoning as a part-time K-9 officer at the animal shelter, effective Sept. 9. The county is now looking to fill the vacancy.

• Hired Gurpreet Kaur of Allentown, accountant II, Human Services, effective Sept. 10.

• Approved the change of status for Jodi A. Sonon of Weissport from part-time automation clerk to collections clerk II, bureau of collections, effective Sept. 10.

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