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Project Housing Connect Reaches Out to Homeless

October 10, 2012

Midland County families who struggle to meet basic needs are urged to avail themselves of help at Project Housing Connect on Wednesday, November 7, at the First United Methodist Church of Midland.

Billed as a “One Stop for Midland County Families Who Need Help to Keep Housing or Are Homeless,” the annual event offers those who attend free lunch prepared by the Open Door, free winter outerwear, and a free take home food box, plus housing information, health screenings, and many other services.

The Larkin St. entrance to the church will be open for Project Housing Connect from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Once inside the door those who attend will find the church’s Fellowship Hall filled with service booths of a wide array of participating agencies which assist with utility payments, offer legal aid, and help with housing and related needs.

Again this year a scavenger hunt will steer those who come to the service booths of agencies who provide help. Attendees who contact at least five service booths and collect a star as evidence become eligible to enter the room to receive free items.

Health screenings provided by MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland were introduced at last year’s event and will be featured again this year.

Donations from the community play a big part in making the day a success. Amanda Johnson, Housing Resource Specialist at Midland Area Homes, and coordinator for the day, stresses the need for donations of winter coats, hats, and gloves (especially for adults), laundry detergent, blankets, and personal care items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant).

Johnson requests that donations be taken to Midland Area Homes, 1825 Bay City Road, well in advance of the event. Inquiries may be directed to her at 989-496-9550.

At any given time 200 to 300 individuals in Midland County lack adequate shelter. Women with small children are among those most at risk.

Information about Project Housing Connect is being distributed by cooperating agencies to their clients.

“Homeless” includes all who lack stable housing, such as people sleeping on a friend or relative’s couch as well as those facing eviction, staying in a shelter, or wandering the streets. A person with no identified place to live within seven days is considered homeless.

Project Housing Connect is sponsored by Midland County Continuum of Care and the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness. The Midland Continuum combines the efforts of 21 non-profit and governmental agencies to prevent homelessness by providing housing-related services to those who are homeless or living in substandard housing.

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2 Comments
  1. Mary shelagowski permalink

    Do you have reentry program from jail?. My son is getting out the 17th and has no where to go (my husband doesn’t want him here). I do not think he can be released without an address . Is there any such program? Otherwise I am afraid he will go back to his old ways and the bad crowd .

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