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New program to help homeless population

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The city of Jonesboro will unveil a new program to help the homeless on April 4.

In a news release, the city announced the Helping Underserved Belong or HUB on Friday.

The Taskforce to End Homelessness, set up by Mayor Harold Perrin, will present the HUB as an entry way for the homeless or near homeless into a larger network of services provided by the city.

The program will provide medical and dental referrals, mental health assessments, mentoring, job readiness programs, and financial literacy and budgeting programs, among other things.

“People who are on the street, they are part of us, they are part of this community,” said Emma Agnew, community service manager for the city of Jonesboro. “So we are going to help them with whatever they need to get back on their feet.”

The city received a federal grant of more than $94,000 last year from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help the homeless move into more stable environments.

The HUB headquarters will be located on the bottom floor of the First Baptist Church Christian Activity Center at 711 Union Street.

When the program is operational, the HUB will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays.

The program will be operated by trained volunteers and several local providers have committed their services one to two days a week.

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