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Video by Brad Taylor
Dave Morgan editing
Budget cuts and reordered priorities dictated by the state have imperiled Lincoln County’s “Homeless Connect” events held annually in both Newport and Lincoln City. Homeless Connect is a massive bringing together of services for the fast growing ranks of Lincoln County’s homeless as many more homeowners suffering foreclosure and renters who have become unemployed find themselves financially destitute.
Homeless Connect events are planned for May and October but would likely be dropped next year if community efforts at both ends of the county aren’t launched. Normally the Commission on Children and Families, with cooperation from Americorps, put on the events but with budget cutbacks the burden will be falling primarily on those in the community who want to help a growing number of their neighbors to weather the remainder of our cruel recession that erupted in 2007.
Services like medical and dental care, food, clothing, personal hygiene products, mental health counseling, job counseling and more are scheduled for May 19th, 10am-3pm, at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church in Lincoln City, across from the Tanger Outlet Mall. Another Homeless Connect operation is scheduled for the second week in October, 2012 in Newport, exact date, time and location has yet to be determined.
Those who would like to become involved in preserving these events can call 541-574-2684. Preferred number.