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Beltrami County Board to consider long-term homeless grant application

The Beltrami County Board will discuss a request to renew support for an application for state funding to help homeless individuals and families.

Becky Schueller, executive director of Evergreen Youth & Family Services, will make the presentation during the regular board meeting, which will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. N.W.

According to the explanation in Tuesday's agenda item, the Minnesota Department of Human Services "Support Service Funds for Long Term Homeless People" grant currently brings in $322,000. The money is used primarily for staff salaries at Evergreen House, Bi-CAP and the Red Lake Homeless Shelter to serve long-term homeless people. The fiscal agent is Hubbard County with grant administration by the MAHUBE Community Action Program in Park Rapids. The grant includes the Northwest Consortium, which formed in 2006 and covers six counties, seven nonprofits and three tribes - Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth.

The project serves between 150 and 200 households each year. Case managers work with people to help them break the cycle of homelessness.

Sentence to Serve

The Beltrami County commissioners will also consider renewing the contract to supervise the county Sentence to Serve program. The contract is for two crew leaders who will supervise up to 10 offenders each. The cost will be $231,336, up 1.86 percent from the 2010 contract.

Sentence to Serve provides offenders with a safe environment in which to learn job skills and gain self confidence, while completing community improvement and restoration projects. Sentence to Serve provides a structured work option within the criminal justice system that is responsive to the need for offender accountability. Victims are compensated and communities restored for the harm done by offenders.

Beltrami County's contract is with the state of Minnesota through the Department of Corrections.