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DHS News February 2011

pdf.gif  February 2011 DHS Newsletter 

DHS awarded HUD Continuum of Care grant renewal to combat homelessness
DHS announced in January that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) awarded a $4.7 million Continuum of Care grant renewal to continue the efforts to combat homelessness.

Project Prom collecting formal attire for end-of-March giveaway 
Since 2003, Project Prom has outfitted more than 1,500 girls and 300 boys with free formal wear for prom. For three consecutive days, March 29-31, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., DHS will continue this tradition at the Project Prom shop at Century III Mall.

Improvements continue to be made to ‘applied-for’ funding processes 
With 473 contracts for approximately 1,600 separate services, managing grants (“applied-for” funding) and their multiple funding streams across DHS has always been – and continues to be – a complicated process. It is not a process that is going unaddressed, though.

Family Group Decision Making now in all five CYF regional offices 
All five regional offices of the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) now have a Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) unit. FGDM, an approach to child welfare that uses the predominant strengths of a family to intercede on behalf of the children to keep them safe, was first established at DHS in 1999 in two CYF regional offices.

KUDOS 
Southwest Regional Housing Coordinator recognized for great work; New Staunton Clinic protocol wins ‘Excellence Award’


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Jonathan McKain
Senior Communications Specialist
Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services
Office of Community Relations
412-350-3439
Jonathan.McKain@AlleghenyCounty.us