JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The city of Jonesboro is a step closer to curbing homelessness, with an agreement reached Monday.
City officials, volunteers, and supporters recently unveiled a new center where the homeless population can access resources to get back on their feet.
The Helping Underserved Belong, or HUB, is located in downtown Jonesboro at the First Baptist Church's Christian Activity Center.
Dana Moore does financial work for the Southwest Church of Christ while also serving on Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin's task force to end homelessness.
Moore feels the HUB's location will be vital to its success because much of the homeless population is in downtown Jonesboro.
"Resources for homeless in Jonesboro are spread out all over our city, and it just makes sense to put them in one building so they can come here," Moore said.
Perrin cut a ribbon in front of a large crowd to commemorate the effort the task force has put into opening the HUB.
He declared April 4, 2017, as Homeless Awareness Day.
Cathy Richardson is the executive director for the Reclamation House. She also serves on the task force as a volunteer.
Richardson said an important service they will offer is documentation.
"Driver's license, birth certificates, social security cards," Richardson said. "Also, we will give referrals for employment, for housing, things like that, healthcare, and it's everything right here in one place."
The city of Jonesboro received over $90,000 last year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist the homeless.
Moore said the HUB will do just that.
"If you don't see the homelessness in Jonesboro, then I do encourage you to get out," Moore said. "They're at the library every single day. That's where they kind of hang out to use the services there, and they'll be able to hang out here. They'll be able to use our computers."
Moore said beyond using computers, those who seek help will have access to telephones and be able to use the HUB's address for mailing needs.
Trained volunteers will operate the HUB on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Many Region 8 service providers have also committed their time and money to the HUB including a local doctor.
The HUB is located at 711 Union Street.
Both the city and First Baptist Church have agreed to rules for the HUB program. The city will provide insurance, phone and WiFi, cleaning and other services in the building while the church will provide the building, utilities, and maintenance of the building free of charge, officials said Monday.
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