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Washington County moves to prevent homelessness

Acting as a fiscal agent through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Washington County Community Services is providing more than $95,000 to the Salvation Army, to help prevent homelessness.

Approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners at the Oct. 27 meeting, the allocation is going to the Salvation Army through the Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program. FHPAP was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 1993, to assist families with children, youth and single adults who struggle with finding housing stability. 

The program is conducted through the Minnesota Financing Agency, and funds are awarded on a biennial basis. 

The FHPAP funds will be used to assist about 95 Washington County households — consisting of single adults, youth and families — with rent and damage deposit payment assistance to prevent homelessness or assist homeless households to find housing.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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