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Grant allows Centre County to expand Homemaker Services program

Centre County Government’s Office of Adult Services is fortunate to be a recipient of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund’s Realty Transfer Tax grant. The competitive funds are made available by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency for projects that address affordable housing issues.

In April, $12.03 million of PHARE/RTT grant funding was awarded in 38 counties for 68 initiatives. Centre County was awarded $26,000 for the expansion of the Homemaker Services Program, a program contracted to Housing Transitions in State College.

The Homemaker Services program offers direct, in-home care and long-term case management to low-income, physically disabled residents who are unable to perform routine homemaking or personal care tasks independently. As a result, they may be left vulnerable an array of crises, including homelessness. The expansion of this program will allow Centre County to serve up to 35 individuals.

The goal of this program is to provide supports while residents are in the process of applying for an under 60 waiver through Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services. Residents who may not be eligible for a waiver but could benefit from the Homemaker Services program are still encouraged to contact Housing Transitions for an assessment. Eligibility for the Homemaker Services Program requires that the individual:

▪ Be a Centre County resident

▪ Have a gross annual household income that does not surpass 250 percent Federal Poverty Level

▪ Be between the ages of 18-59

▪ Have a physical disability (either temporarily or permanently) that impacts their ability to maintain and manage both routine housekeeping and non-medical personal care

▪ Have no or limited support system

▪ Be willing to receiving long-term case management in an effort to achieve self-sufficiency and or/maintain quality care

If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact Housing Transitions at 237-1947 or Centre County Government’s Office of Adult Services at 355-6768 and press “2.”

Faith R. Ryan is the director of Centre County Government’s Office of Adult Services.