Board approves adult foster care home; gets homeless funds

Foster care for disabled adults in northern Washington County and preventing family homelessness were addressed in separate actions Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

The board approved a contract with M.R. Welty Homes to provide foster care for up to four disabled adults in Scandia eligible for home- and community-based services through medical assistance.

In another action Tuesday, commissioners approved an agreement with Minnesota Housing for $311,300 to prevent family homelessness and provide assistance to families in the county.

The Welty Homes decision arose after two Welty clients living in a Welty home in another county asked to move back to Washington County. M.R. Welty offers corporate foster care designed for persons in need of regular supervision and help with daily activities. Clients receive individualized services based on their level of need and services funded through medical assistance and pay a reduced rent.

Although the county has a moratorium on corporate foster care development since 2009, the Scandia facility is being created using “banked beds” the county had set aside for future development.

The  homelessness prevention funds resulted from an application by the county for Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance money for services between July 1 and June 30, 2015. The designated funds will be:

  •  $84,260 for the Salvation Army to provide direct financial assistance and support services for youths, single persons and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and short-term rent for youths;
  • $61,740 for Canvas Health outreach and support services for youths who are homeless or at risk for homelessness and development of host homes for youths, and
  •  $137,000 for Solid Ground, formerly the East Metro Women’s Council, to transitional family housing, including rent payment help and support services.

Another $28,000 will be used for program administration.