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Homeless Youth Receive Housing

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The Family Counseling Center’s former home for disabled adults in Rosiclare has sat empty for months. Failing to sell the property after the former residents were moved to a new building, the Family Counseling Center of Hardin County has finally found the house a new purpose. Just as they were looking for new community outreach, a grant for homeless youth was given to help battle the rising number of homeless teenagers and young adults in Illinois. With $99,000 from the Illinois Department of Human Service the Family Counseling Center was able to turn the old two-story house into the Mahoney Transitional Living Center. The center is open to 16 to 24 year-olds, and will focus on teaching basic life skills like cooking and budgeting. Residents can stay up to two years. The house is a transition home helping those who are leaving foster care, young parents, or those with simply no other place to go.

The Mahoney Transitional Living Center will be opening in the new year, and donations are still needed, including furniture and food. To help, call the Family Counseling Center at 618-658-2611.

VIA: http://www.wsiltv.com/news/local/New-Center-Opening-for-Homeless-Youth-287060911.html