Over one-hundred homeless seniors in Lakes Area have received assistance from Homeless Support Services
JT Thaden | Mar 1, 2018 AT 4:14 pm
DETROIT LAKES (KDLM/TV3) - Over one-hundred homeless seniors in the Lakes Area have received assistance from the Homeless Support Services offered by MAHUBE-OTWA community action partnership in Detroit Lakes.
Across Minnesota seniors still constitute a relatively small part of the overall homeless population, but they are the fastest growing segment of homeless people, according to the Wilder Foundation homeless survey.
Marcia Otte, Family Development Director at MAHUBE-OTWA says the new program has served 110 homeless seniors in the Lakes Area in its first year and a half.
The program is flexible, says Otte and able to provide rent, deposits, enhance current housing for accessibility or utilize outside resources for a number of things. The goal is to make continued independent living possible for homeless seniors or seniors at risk of homelessness.
The program, funded by Minnesota Department of Human Services can assist individuals who are 60 or older in a housing crisis as well as individuals who have income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty guidelines.