Thursday, September 18, 2014

Clatsop Community Action (CCA) has received $15,000 in project funding from the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization to assist with basic living needs as part of its Community Wellness program. The CCA funds will be leveraged with other resources to help approximately 48 Clatsop County families maintain housing to avoid homelessness. It also will help move people who now are homeless into safe, stable housing and acquire needed health services.

"We are delighted to receive this funding," says George Sabol, CCA executive director. "As the principal anti-poverty agency in Clatsop County, our mission is to help people meet their housing, food and other basic living needs by mobilizing resources to end poverty. People without basic needs often have chronic health care issues as well."

Columbia Pacific CCO recently awarded Community Wellness funds totaling $57,000 for seven projects. The Columbia Pacific CCO board of directors created the program to encourage innovation, collaboration and health care transformation in the communities it serves. The funds support programs that are sustainable and are aligned with the each community's priorities for addressing health inequities and gaps in service or care.

"This support will first assist low-income families or individuals obtain housing, then other needed services, such as food, energy, employment and medical care," Sabol says. "We will continue to help them continue on their path toward self-sufficiency, which builds strong, healthy communities for everyone."

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