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Dental care and eye exams offered at Project Housing Connect

December 8, 2013

Project Housing Connect, the annual one-stop shop for Midland County residents who need help to keep their homes or are homeless, has two new services to offer this year: dental care for those age birth to 21 and eye exams.

This year’s event – the 8th annual – will be held on Wednesday, November 6, from 11am to 2pm at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Midland. Amanda Johnson, housing specialist at Midland Area Homes and coordinator of the Project on behalf the Midland County Continuum of Care, expressed hope for a big turnout. “We aim to have 300 households represented,” she said.

Health Delivery, Inc. will give dental care in its mobile dental bus which will be parked at the church. Some fees may apply, and appointments are necessary. Call 496-9550 by November 1. Appointments for eye care have already been filled.

Health screening, one of Project Housing Connect’s most popular services, will be available again this year, provided by staff from MidMichigan Health Center-Midland.
Free haircuts, another popular feature, will also be given.

Other on-site services include free lunch prepared by the Open Door, free winter outer wear, take home food box, personal care items, quit smoking help, and DHS services applications. As many as 25 local agencies will be on hand to take inquiries and process applications for help.

Michigan Public Service Commission representatives will be present to explain programs for assisting those who have difficulty paying utility bills.

Johnson stressed the need for volunteers and contributions, especially of laundry detergent and regular size bottles of shampoo for the give away room. “Volunteers are needed particularly to staff the registration table and monitor the distribution room,” she said. Contact her at 989-496-9550.

Project Housing Connect is sponsored by Midland County Continuum of Care and the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness. The Midland Continuum combines the efforts of more than 20 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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