At their meeting Monday night, the Chariton City Council approved a letter of support for and a $10,000 pledge from the City of Chariton to the Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund.

The vote was 3-0 Mike Graves abstaining because he is on the Lucas County Housing Trust Fund board. Chariton Mayor Roger Manser was absent.

The donated funds represent the city’s support of the work being done by the Housing Trust Fund. The letter of support says that the funds will be available to the Housing Trust Fund by the end of the year, but they may be awarded sometime this fall.

The city’s entire donation and any funds received because of the city’s donation will be spent in Lucas County.

Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois said that in the past the city has designated $10,000 to the Housing Trust Fund.

During the public comment portion of the meeting before the letter and donation pledge were approved, Suse Cohen of the Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Board spoke to the council. She told the council that the housing trust board is in the process of fund-raising.

“Last year, the Chariton City Council generously donated $10,000 to the Housing Trust Fund and we’re hoping for the same amount this year,” Cohen told the council.

Read the August 8, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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