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Malheur receives federal aid to help homeless afford places to live

Some homeless people in Malheur County are getting additional help to afford a place to live under a new federal program.

The Malheur County Housing Authority was issued 21 vouchers to cover a variety of costs for moving people into housing. The emergency housing voucher is federally funded through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Kristy Rodriguez, executive director of the Housing Authority, said the extra help allows local providers one more way to help the homeless population.

So far, she said, vouchers have been used to move a family into housing after it had been living in a motel for months. A mother with children who fled an abusive home also now has a place to live.

The program provides help with deposits, utility costs and monthly rent. It’s open to those who are homeless or at risk . . .