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Pittsburgh to use $250K grant to help homeless people

Bob Bauder
Steven Adams | Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh’s skyline rises behind the Fort Pitt Bridge.

Pittsburgh announced Friday it will use a $250,000 state grant to help find housing for homeless people and prevent residents from becoming homeless, officials said.

The city is contracting with McKeesport-based Auberle, which provides such services as workforce development, independent living, drug and alcohol and mental health programs, and emergency shelter in Western Pennsylvania.

“What we’re going to be doing is providing assistance to individuals to both prevent and assist with homelessness,” said Devon Goetze, Auberle’s housing program manager.

Individuals will be assessed by Allegheny Link and referred to Auberle for services, according to the city. City residents experiencing a housing crisis can call Allegheny Link at (866) 730-2368.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is providing the funding through an Emergency Solutions Grant. It is among $5.5 million awarded to counties across the state to help eliminate homelessness.

Auberle will operate the rapid rehousing program out of their location at 304 Wood Street. Persons experiencing a housing crisis can call the Allegheny Link at 1-866-730-2368.

Pittsburgh has been working for months to address problems of homelessness Downtown.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-564-3080, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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