Casper Provides Funds To Get Homeless Out Of The Cold
The plight of the homeless in Natrona County gets more attention around the holidays as the temperatures drop and the snow falls.
Dollars to address homelessness, especially for those who normally fall outside the traditional safety nets have been allocated by the city of Casper this year.
Brenda Eickhoff-Johnson,director of Community Action Partnership of Natrona County, says single individuals without children are generally served by the Central Wyoming Rescue Mission and C.A.P. has additional units at Lifesteps Campus available for homeless families with children.
"The other thing that we have done to address, not just single individuals, but also families, is on really cold nights we have set aside $25,000 this year to house them on very cold nights in different motels that we work with."
She says this is the first time they have offered this voucher system.
"Last year it really became and issue and the funding that we had through our federal grant was great. Unfortunately, there were some people that we couldn't get qualified for that funding, because there are restrictions with that federal funding. So, we requested that we get some money that really doesn't have any restrictions, as far as qualifying data, so we could just get people off the streets on really cold evenings."
She says any dollars left over in the spring will be redistributed to other agencies providing services to the homeless here in town.