Grant funding helps a Southeast Kansas city give people a second chance

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The city will re-apply for an emergency solutions grant to help fund rapid re-housing, day shelter services, and other homeless prevention efforts.

Pittsburg has been receiving this funding for the past five years. They say it’s crucial in giving area residents a second chance when they are down on their luck.

However, this year will be the first time Pittsburg will be keeping those funds exclusively in Crawford County.

“We feel that shrinking our geographic location would allow us to touch more people in our community and do a better job,” says Quentin Holmes, City of Pittsburg Community Development.

The grant will also provide case management for families to create a plan for when they get off government assistance.

This year, Pittsburg is requesting about $236,000.

They hope these funds will help shorten their current waiting list for housing throughout the area.

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