Allegheny County Department of Human Services http://wesa.fm en Dedicated to Children & Family Welfare, Cherna Receives Lifetime Achievement Award http://wesa.fm/post/dedicated-children-family-welfare-cherna-receives-lifetime-achievement-award <p></p><p>For the past 17 years, Pittsburgh’s Marc Cherna has served needy children and families throughout the region as the <a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/cherna.aspx">director </a>of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.</p><p>He recently received a <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014/01/23/National-recognition-for-Cherna/stories/201401230249">Lifetime Achievement</a> Award from Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest foster child foundation. The honor is granted to individuals who improve the welfare of children and provide dedicated service to the public.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:03:20 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23616 at http://wesa.fm Dedicated to Children & Family Welfare, Cherna Receives Lifetime Achievement Award A Lifetime of Helping Children, and Now a Lifetime Award http://wesa.fm/post/lifetime-helping-children-and-now-lifetime-award <p>Allegheny County’s child welfare system was considered a “national disgrace” in the early ‘90s, but now it is being held up as a national model.</p><p>That’s according to Marc Cherna, director of Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), who is the first person ever awarded the Casey Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Child Welfare Leadership.</p><p>The award presented by the <a href="http://www.casey.org/">Casey Family Programs</a> recognizes someone who has contributed substantially to the field of child welfare.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:08:27 +0000 Jessica Nath 23234 at http://wesa.fm County Jail Inmates to be Trained for Jobs in Energy Industry http://wesa.fm/post/county-jail-inmates-be-trained-jobs-energy-industry <p>About one in three Allegheny County Jail inmates who don&#39;t receive job training while incarcerated wind up back in the lockup within 12 months. But that rate is cut in half if they participate in the Jail Collaborative&#39;s education program.</p><p>Now 100&nbsp;inmates, men and women, will receive technical training toward careers in the energy industry in hopes of further reducing that rate of recidivism.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:01:12 +0000 Kevin Gavin 17959 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Grabs $13.1 Million to Fight Homelessness http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-grabs-131-million-fight-homelessness <p>Allegheny County has an additional $13 million to spend on trying to combat homelessness in the region.&nbsp; The funds come from a U.S. Department of Housing &amp; Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care grant.&nbsp;</p><p>The county can use the funds to support housing and service programs including safe havens, transitional housing and permanent housing for persons with disabilities. Most of the money will be used to continue programs already being offered by the county, said Allegheny County Homeless Programs Administrator Chuck Keenan.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:42:10 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 4092 at http://wesa.fm