The Arc loses housing money

AUSTIN, Minn. – A local organization working with people dealing with disabilities is missing a key part to their operation.

The Arc of Mower County lost their “Housing Services Access” grant at the end of June. These funds help put people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into their own homes.

“It’s everything. Some of these guys have had this dream for years. It’s the independence. It’s the first time buyer. Someone could be 50-years-old, and it’s the first time that they have the keys. It’s freedom to them,” said Tammy Flicek, Program Coordinator with The Arc of Mower County.

They are looking for other options for funding, with the hope that they can get receive the grant again.

“We’re helping those who have fallen through the cracks. They have taken cuts in so many different areas, and this is a whole new world for them. That’s what we’re all about. We’re about being there for them and socializing,” Flicek said.

They are currently referring people to The Arc of Southeast Minnesota, or the Arc of Southwest Minnesota. She said so far, they had to do that for a few of their clients since July.

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