NEXT PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT PLANNING MEETING SET
The next planning meeting for the 2013 Project Homeless Connect event in Newport is scheduled for Friday, April 26 at noon. The meeting will take place in the Commissioners’ Conference Room at the Courthouse in Newport.
“This will be the seventh Project Homeless Connect event in Newport and the ninth in Lincoln County overall,” said County Commissioner Chair Bill Hall. “But this is an event that’s in need of constant renewal in order to stay viable. We need new volunteers and new resources, both cash and tangible goods.” The first Homeless Connect event was held in 2007 to coincide with the launch of At Home in Lincoln County, the ten-year housing and homelessness plan. Based on a successful model used in hundreds of other communities, Project Homeless Connect brings together on a single day in a single location a variety of resources for individuals in crisis.
“The first Homeless Connect served 125 customers, and last year we set an all-time record with 223 people attending, so the need is clearly still there,” Hall said. One of the many troubling trends in recent years has been the growing number of homeless families rather than just single adults, he said.
Several dozen state, county, nonprofit and faith based organizations come together at Homeless Connect to provide information about their programs, as well as direct services like a hot meal, urgent dental care, health screenings, immunizations, haircuts and personal hygiene items.
The date of this year’s event has not been set, but it’s traditionally been held in early October.
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