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Red Cross transitions out of Greene County housing program

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By transitioning out of the housing program, we can now focus more on our mission-driven projects.

The Dayton-Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is transitioning its longtime housing program in Xenia to the newly formed Greene County Housing Program (GCHP, Inc.). 

The new nonprofit organization was created by and is run by the Red Cross employees who previously managed the program, including Executive Director Penny Madry-Johnson. By having Red Cross personnel create and operate GCHP, the organization continues to provide sheltering and case management for families with housing needs in Greene County, and makes for a seamless transition for the residents of the area who utilize the program. The transition goes into effect Friday, Aug. 14.

The program has two areas of focus: emergency housing for families who have lost their home due to an unfortunate circumstance, and transitional housing to assist those in the emergency housing program who need a place to stay for an extended period. Yearly, over 100 families are served within the two programs. All 13 family housing units are handicap accessible.

The Red Cross remains strongly committed to serving the Greene County community, says Red Cross Executive Director Laura Seyfang, but by transitioning out of the housing program, which was a very small aspect of our business, we will be better able to focus on our mission-driven programs of Emergency Disaster Relief, Preparedness, Health and Safety Training and Service to Armed Forces.

(Photo from left to right: Wilbur Tyree, Alicia McCollum, Penny Madry-Johnson, Laura Seyfang, Cynthia Porter, Trish Smitson)