Kentucky Budget Crunch Threatens Homeless Prevention Program

by scrosby on March 24, 2008

A Kentucky program that helps those leaving state care find jobs and housing could fall through the cracks as lawmakers struggle with the state budget.

The Homeless Prevention Pilot Project helps those leaving prison, foster care and psychiatric hospitals by identifying people at risk of returning to state care or becoming homeless. Marlene Gordon with the Louisville Coalition for the Homeless says it’s a good program for the clients – and the Commonwealth.

“We saved the state over $1.8 million with serving the 87 people and getting them stabilized,” said Gordon.

The House has approved the $100,000dollars it takes to fund the program – it’s now before a Senate committee.

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