Possible budget cut could hit Centre County hard

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An anticipated budget cut by lawmakers could mean bad news for a number of programs in Centre County. 

Commissioners said House Bill 218 cuts funding for programs related to probation, mental health, and even homeless assistance. 

Organizers from Housing Transitions, a nonprofit operating as the only 24/7 shelter in the county, said a cut in funding would be a blow to the many families trying to get back on their feet. 

“This is a need in our community,” Kristen Koshko, development and community relations coordinator for the organization said. 

Housing Transitions serves more than 2,000 people a year, offering resources to help people obtain stable housing. 

House Bill 218 would mean a 15 percent, or $53,000 cut to homeless assistance programs in Centre County, according to commissioners. 

Koshko said the nonprofit depends on private funding to provide staff who work around-the-clock for clients. 

“We have a housing case manager with individuals to hook them up with resources and services that they might need for different areas of life,” Koshko said. 

Organizers from Housing Transitions said they recently received preliminary notification for a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant they’ll have for the next two years. 

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