NORWICH – While the mild, albeit wet temperatures of summer are a welcomed respite from the inevitable months of snow and cold that lie ahead, a local benevolent association recently did its part in aiding a segment of the population that often time goes unnoticed in the summer months – Chenango County's homeless.
Robert E. McNeil Council #211 Knights of Columbus members Bill Loiselle, along with Grand Knight Steve Ryan, presented funding to Catholic Charities Homeless Intervention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HIRRP) administrator Gary Quarella.
The $1,000 check will be utilized to purchase hotel vouchers which will be used by homeless individuals or families in dire need of temporary assistance while they seek more stable and sustainable housing.
Said Quarella, “We work very closely with the Emergency Services Unit at the Chenango County Department of Social Services (DSS) to offer assistance to community members that may fall though the cracks.”
According to Quarella, DSS has a substantially larger funding pool to battle the homelessness epidemic that plagues the county, but often times individuals may be ineligible for those funds due to mandated regulations imposed by state and federal government.