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WSOS seeks funding for area’s homeless

If a $1,320,000 proposal to the Ohio Department Services Agency, Homeless Crisis Response Program, is funded, 556 households in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca counties will receive homelessness prevention assistance for the next two years.

The Board of Directors of the WSOS Community Action approved submitting the proposal along with two other new proposals.

The housing proposal, which is a partnership with Ottawa County Transitional Housing, will serve 278 households with homelessness prevention and another 278 in the Rapid Re-Housing category. It will provide rental/utility assistance and deposits, hotel/motel vouchers, and housing search and placement assistance.

The board also approved WSOS staff to submit a proposal for $240,816 to the Great Lakes Commission and Natural Resource Conservation Service that will be used for the implementation of two additional Clary In-Stream Sediment Collectors. These collectors will reduce sediment impacts to stream habitat and ultimately Lake Erie.

The board also approved a policy that formalizes a process for low-income residents to have input in housing development in their areas. Residents will be able to advise the organization in all of its decisions regarding the design, choosing of a site, development and management of all HOME-assisted or HOME-eligible affordable housing development. 

In other business, the board:

• Agreed to the renewal of two grants currently operated by the agency
• Seated new board member, Charles Stelle, representing Wood County
• Heard a report from President/CEO Ruthann House who updated the board on the approval from the Department of Housing & Urban Development for WSOS to assume the role of management agent for Homes Casas, with the eventual goal being acquisition.
• Accepted a report from the board’s Finance Committee and approved the agency’s 2014 budget, and the hiring of its auditor for 2014.
• Accepted a report from the board’s Executive Committee that included the evaluation of President/CEO Ruthann House. 

The WSOS Board of Directors meets in a public meeting the second Tuesday of each month at 219 S. Front St., Fremont. For more information on any of WSOS’ services, call 419-334-8911 or toll free 1-800-775-9767. You may also visit us at our website www.wsos.org or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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