The county board of commissioners, on June 30, appropriated $70,000 for the Perham 180 transitional housing program.

This program, in northwest Perham and under the direction of Fergus Falls-based Productive Alternatives, is designed to help individuals overcome barriers to both housing and employment.

The program provides an opportunity to establish employment and stability in an independent living setting. As an example, a person may find employment at Barrel ‘O Fun and reside in a nearby small housing unit.

Staff members, part of the Perham 180 program, help people improve their social and self-care skills.

One person taking part in the program stated, “Being in Perham 180 has been an amazing thing for me. The help and support they give is a Godsend.”

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The county board, in addition to the $70,000 appropriated for Perham 180 on June 30, in the same motion approved $30,000 for the production department at Productive Alternatives in Fergus Falls.

Products over the years have included rain gauges, fishing alerts, ice fishing slush inhalers and insulation vents, to name a few.

Productive Alternatives assists special needs adults in Fergus Falls, Perham and other area communities in west central Minnesota with skills development, job exploration, job coaching and community integration.

For more information, visit the Productive Alternatives website at productivemn.org, call 218-998-5630 or email mailto:info@productivemn.org.