Carroll shelters earmark $2,200 grant for medical care and hygiene needs


Carroll County's shelters have received $2,200 in a grant this year from the statewide agency Action for the Homeless, to be used for health care and some hygiene needs of clients.

The grant to Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. is less than half what it was last year, said Sylvia Canon, executive director.

"We got less money this year because Action for the Homeless got less money" through its fund-raising house raffle, she said.

The agency raised $81,000 to give away since the spring, including money raised through its House With a Heart Foundation house raffle in Harford County.

Action's grants to other shelters statewide will pay for a variety of programs.

In Carroll County, Human Services will use the money to pay for health care that isn't covered any other way, Ms. Canon said.

It also will help pay for related costs such as prescriptions and transportation.

For example, a shelter resident recently had an abscessed tooth and was in severe pain but had no medical coverage or Medicaid, which is state medical assistance.

"Usually it's for people who do not have Medicaid yet," Ms. Canon said.

"They have a need right now and we get it covered."

Getting a Medicaid card usually takes three to four weeks, she said.

"An abscessed tooth just doesn't wait that long," she said.

The private, nonprofit agency operates an eight-bed shelter for men, a 36-bed shelter for women and children and two family shelters.

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