City to create program to help prevent homelessness

The city ofAhas been allocated $739,071 in stimulus funding.  The money is available from the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.

The city commission will have a public hearing and will approve tuesday a change to the existing annual action plan to allow for the creation of a program using those funds.  The program will be modeled after the Downtown Women's Center, which helps the homeless through case management.

The city's program, however, will be designed for those who may have lost their jobs and may be in danger of eviction from an apartment. The funds will not be used for those facing foreclosure.