Project Homeless Connect booster and Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall says, as a sign of the times the project today saw many more families with children seeking help than during last year’s event. Unemployment benefits applications rose again last month, which may have added to the strain so many families are reeling from the prolonged recession and very sluggish recovery. A huge push by Lincoln County residents, government agencies, non-profits, churches and other organizations helped about the same number of homeless this year than last with, again, more families with children.
A full range of job counseling and employment search services, health, dental, housing, legal, clothing, food stamp assistance and unemployment registration services were offered to somewhere around 175 people. The operation was again based at the Church of the Nazarene on NW 12th in Newport. Hall said “It does my heart good to see so many Lincoln County residents and agencies caring for those who have fallen on very hard times through no fault of their own. We even had professionals seeking help because they’ve been laid off for so long that they’ve run out of unemployment benefits and have spent all, or nearly all their savings.”