The Montgomery County Commission, on Tuesday, extended nearly $4.5 million in social service contracts to 50 agencies for programs to serve children, the frail elderly, homeless individuals and families.
“These programs provide the social service safety net in our community to serve those who are vulnerable,” Gayle Bullard, Montgomery County’s director of Job and Family Services said.
Forty-eight of the one-year contracts, totalling $4.3 million, are funded by the Montgomery County’s Human Services Levy, which is projected to generate about $118.5 million this year. The remaining contracts, $25,000 for the YWCA of Dayton and $94,776 for Places, Inc., both for rental assistance for homeless residents, received U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HOME funds.
Eight of the contracts provide services for the homeless, including $676,427 for St. Vincent DePaul, which provided shelter to 4,000 people at least one night in 2012. Geraldine Pegues, Montgomery County’s assistant director of Human Services for the Office of Family and Children First, said the shelter contracts are among the largest because the services they provide — a clean and safe overnight stay, food, laundry services — is costly.
Fourteen contracts help to enable the elderly to remain in their homes such as transportation, respite care, legal and guardianship services, home delivered meals, a geriatric nurse program along with medication assistance.
“As we see baby boomers age, even if they have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, keeping them in a place that is familiar can add to their quality of life,” Bullard said.