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MH/EI/ID to Open “The Cottage” Transitional Home in the Lebanon County Area

Holly Leahy, MH/EI/ID Administrator (file photo)

Lebanon County’s Mental Health/Early Intervention/Intellectual Disabilities Department plans to launch a new, alternative housing opportunity for a very specific population they serve.

Administrator Holly Leahy told County Commissioners that they own a home on their property behind their main building, at 217 East Weidman Street.

They’ve dubbed it “The Cottage” and would like to turn it into a transitional home for people with serious mental illness or intellectual disabilities and a history of incarceration.

Leahy says the home would be set up to house three people at a time for six to 12 months, as they reintegrate back into society:

Leahy said there won’t be any staff living at The Cottage, so the residents will have to be able to live independently.

The residents will each have a locked bedroom, but they’ll share the common spaces in the home, such as the living room, kitchen and bathroom. They will also have to furnish their own food.

Renovations will cost just over $162,000, but the department has the money to cover it:

County Commissioners approved a contract with Woodland Contractors, the only contracting firm that submitted a bid to renovate The Cottage to specifications.