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Kennett hosting statewide homelessness project

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's Committee to End Homelessness has named the City of Kennett to host the 2014 Project Homeless Connect event.

Kennett is the sixth city in Missouri to host a PHC event, which will take place October 10, 2014. 

Joe Fox has made his home in Kennett at Family Counseling Center, Inc., one of several Region 8 organizations participating in the event. 

"I'm a retiree from the post office in Trinity. I retired when I was 62 and my fiance passed away. I didn't have no place to go. I was homeless. So I came in with my niece and then I came around and put an application in and came and got an apartment here," he said. 

Anthony Smith, the director of housing and vocational services at Family Counseling Center, Inc. said an array of services will be offered by local, state and federal agencies.

"Housing services will be done that day, employment opportunities for these individuals. This is not an opportunity for individuals to get on waiting lists or be referred to anywhere. This is actually a full day of service for the population that we serve." 

Smith said agencies use the statewide effort to dispel the notion that homelessness is an issue only in urban areas. 

"We try to promote that this is a serious issue in rural areas. With our continuum of care, the balance of state, we cover 101 rural counties in the state of Missouri," he said. "We're anywhere in proximity 25 miles to Arkansas. We're in another direction 25 miles to Tennessee. So we get a lot of individuals who are transient coming from different areas who are settling." 

Project Homeless Connect events have taken place in Columbia, Branson, Sedalia, Cape Girardeau, and Kirksville. Assistance will be provided in the following areas: access to housing, dental and medical screenings, veterans services, retiree services, access to obtaining photo identification, birth certificates, food, clothing and other quality of life services.

PHC will be held at American Legion, located at 1615 1st Street in Kennett.

 

PHC website

PHC Facebook page

Family Counseling Center, Inc. 

 

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