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Health and Human Services Committee to Focus on the Issue of Housing

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beginning with its next meeting Monday, June 19th, the County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee will devote special focus each month on one of the county’s areas of critical need, the issue of housing.

At each of the HHS Committee’s meetings for the rest of the year, a department or agency that reports to the committee will give a presentation on its housing programs and support services. At Monday’s meeting, the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County will begin the monthly presentations, focusing on the Continuum of Care program support for the homeless and at-risk-of-homelessness populations.

Health and Human Services Committee meetings begin at 4:30 p.m., at County Legislature Chambers, located in the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, 121 E. Court Street (second floor), Ithaca.

Health and Human Services Chair Anna Kelles says the monthly presentations represent a commitment to the community. “A lack of affordable housing leads to increased strain on low-income families, leading to an even greater demand for both housing support and related support services through government programs. Most of these services are administered through departments that report to the Health and Human Services Committee,” she notes. “We are in uncertain times and knowledge is the key to community engagement and ensuring that support services reach those in greatest need.”

Future presentations before the committee on housing programs and services are scheduled as follows:

July 17 - Department of Social Services
August 21 - Department of Youth Services
September 18 - Mental Health Department
October 16 - Office for the Aging (at 3:30pm)
November 20 - Department of Health
December 18 - Office of Human Rights

For committee agendas and meeting materials, including video files of the presentations after each meeting, visit the Legislature’s online meeting portal through the County website—direct link: https://tompkinscountyny.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx.