A day to help those in need
HOLIDAY - People who are homeless or one paycheck from getting there received help Thursday at an event hosted by the Coalition For The Homeless Of Pasco County Inc. It was the second Homeless Connect event this year. The first was held in Zephyrhills and Thursday's was held at Joining Hands Community Mission/Metropolitan Ministries, 3214 U.S. 19. With Pasco County unemployment at 11.6 percent in April and many homes in foreclosure, more than two dozen groups and agencies teamed up for the Homeless Connect event. Attendance estimates were not available, but the first event drew more than 600 people, said organizer Anna Grover.The homeless coalition offered food, clothing, haircuts, live music and more. Experts answered questions about eligibility for financial assistance through Social Security, disability programs, veterans aid, food stamps, cash assistance and Section 8 housing. Participants were offered guidance on getting help with rent and electric bills. Medical and dental assistance was available, and screening for depression was offered.