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Plan to prevent homelessness launched in Lincoln

Lincoln’s Council on Aging, in partnership with a local senior housing facility, is undertaking a new initiative to prevent homelessness in town.

Through the Staying at Home in Lincoln project, the council and The Commons in Lincoln will assist residents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to locate temporary emergency housing. The town’s social service staff also will assist the individuals in finding permanent housing and services to ensure they remain successfully in their new homes.

The temporary emergency housing would be in such facilities as area hotels or motels, assisted living facilities, or other supportive housing.

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The project is being funded by The Commons in Lincoln, a Benchmark Senior Living Community on Harvest Circle that provides independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation services. The Council on Aging will design and oversee the project in collaboration with The Commons in Lincoln.

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The council and the St. Vincent de Paul Society office serving Lincoln and Weston for many years have provided rental assistance to residents at risk of eviction. But in light of rising numbers of townspeople facing homelessness, “we realized we needed to expand our ability to respond,” said Carolyn Bottum, the council director.

She noted that in addition to financial hardship, the increase in need reflects rising numbers of people facing homelessness because of domestic violence, elder abuse, mental illness, and physical disability.

“This new partnership with the Commons is further evidence of our community’s determination to help people in need and to be resourceful in the effort,” Town Administrator Tim Higgins said in a statement.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.