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Funding for homeless cut by nearly a million dollars in Rochester – www.Rochesterfirst.com – May 11, 2016

Funding for homeless cut by nearly a million dollars in Rochester
Rochester’s homeless program faces cuts

By: Solina Lewis

Some of Rochester’s most vulnerable citizens are facing the harsh reality that programs currently in place to help them are going to be cut.

“There’s 16 women and children that have come from situations of domestic violence, people with mental illness living in the home that would all be impacted,” said Sean Tracy, Executive Director of the Sojourner House.

Tracy said that the Sojourner House, which helps homeless families, said the nearly one million dollars in cuts to funding is going to hurt those who need it the most.

“When you think about it it’s probably about 77 people just at sojourner house impacted,” said¬†Tracy.

At Homeless Continuum of Care, coordinator, Amy D’Amico said the programs lost are some of the most crucial to permanent success.

“The types of programs that were lost is really important in a holistic sense,” said D’Amico.

Case management, one of the programs cut, is supplemental to housing, and D’Amico said it’s necessary to make sure people aren’t just given a home and no other support to make sure that they stay there.

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