[Hpn] Trying to make ends meet? Livingston County event could help

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Trying to make ends meet? Livingston County event could help
January 22, 2008

BY SHARON GITTLEMAN

FREE PRESS SPECIAL WRITER

There aren't a lot of homeless people in Livingston County, and the =
county wants to keep it that way.

Dozens of agencies and volunteers will gather for the Livingston County =
Community Connect Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Parish Life =
Center at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton to help financially =
struggling men, women and families.

"It's intended to bring services to the homeless and those in danger of =
becoming homeless," said Donna Gehringer, community impact director for =
the Livingston County United Way.

Those who attend will be given information about housing options, and =
can obtain free legal advice, get assistance with utility bills, enjoy a =
meal and take home clothing and personal care items.

"There will be information on health problems, flu shots and blood =
pressure checks," Gehringer said.

While there isn't a large homeless population in the area, there are =
people teetering on the brink, she said.

The state's strained economy threatens more job and home losses, she =
said.

An estimated 90 homeless people and 175 individuals are on the verge of =
living on the street at any time in the county, Gehringer said. More =
than half are younger than 18.

Organizers expect 200 volunteers and dozens of private and public =
agencies to attend the community assistance event, working to help an =
estimated 400 people expected to seek services at the gathering, said =
Kim Christopherson, program coordinator for community mental health in =
Livingston County.

"Most people in Livingston County think we don't have homeless people =
here. They think, 'Oh, we're a rich county. They aren't sleeping on the =
streets,' " said Christopherson. "I get calls from mothers with children =
who are losing their homes."

There's help available for those who need it, she said.

Derek Rose of the Salvation Army of Livingston County, said: "The =
reality of it is there's no typical homeless person. A homeless person =
is literally your next-door neighbor."

The Salvation Army offers so-called floating shelters, cooperative =
arrangements with area churches that provide individuals a place to stay =
for the night, bus tokens, food, clothing and help finding a job.

"People who are homeless are one day living and working in a nice home, =
and they get a pink slip the next," he said.













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<P>There aren't a lot of homeless people in Livingston County, and the =
county=20
wants to keep it that way.</P>
<P>Dozens of agencies and volunteers will gather for the Livingston =
County=20
Community Connect Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Parish Life =
Center=20
at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton to help financially =
struggling men,=20
women and families.</P>
<P>"It's intended to bring services to the homeless and those in danger =
of=20
becoming homeless," said Donna Gehringer, community impact director for =
the=20
Livingston County United Way.</P>
<P>Those who attend will be given information about housing options, and =
can=20
obtain free legal advice, get assistance with utility bills, enjoy a =
meal and=20
take home clothing and personal care items.</P>
<P>"There will be information on health problems, flu shots and blood =
pressure=20
checks," Gehringer said.</P>
<P>While there isn't a large homeless population in the area, there are =
people=20
teetering on the brink, she said.</P>
<P>The state's strained economy threatens more job and home losses, she=20
said.</P>
<P>An estimated 90 homeless people and 175 individuals are on the verge =
of=20
living on the street at any time in the county, Gehringer said. More =
than half=20
are younger than 18.</P>
<P>Organizers expect 200 volunteers and dozens of private and public =
agencies to=20
attend the community assistance event, working to help an estimated 400 =
people=20
expected to seek services at the gathering, said Kim Christopherson, =
program=20
coordinator for community mental health in Livingston County.</P>
<P>"Most people in Livingston County think we don't have homeless people =
here.=20
They think, 'Oh, we're a rich county. They aren't sleeping on the =
streets,' "=20
said Christopherson. "I get calls from mothers with children who are =
losing=20
their homes."</P>
<P>There's help available for those who need it, she said.</P>
<P>Derek Rose of the Salvation Army of Livingston County, said: "The =
reality of=20
it is there's no typical homeless person. A homeless person is literally =
your=20
next-door neighbor."</P>
<P>The Salvation Army offers so-called floating shelters, cooperative=20
arrangements with area churches that provide individuals a place to stay =
for the=20
night, bus tokens, food, clothing and help finding a job.</P>
<P>"People who are homeless are one day living and working in a nice =
home, and=20
they get a pink slip the next," he said.</P>
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