VISALIA – Homelessness faces a lot of different fronts. Some of the homeless cannot afford a home, some are struggling with addiction and other simply choose to participate in the lifestyle. But when it comes to the public there is a need to make sure homeless are well taken care of. It is not unprecedented for outbreaks to occur among homeless communities, and then potentially affect those who work or live nearby.
Fortunately, Tulare and Kings counties are making a difference for their homeless population.
Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is offering those experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness a broad range of needed services and basic necessities at one-day, one-stop events in Tulare, Visalia, and Hanford on Thursday, Jan. 25, and in Porterville on Friday, Jan. 26. The event will be held at the Visalia Rescue Mission Community Center, 741 Northeast 1st Ave., First Baptist Church, 469 N. Cherry St. in Tulare, Hanford Pentecostal Church of God, 323 E. 11th St., and First United Methodist Church, 344 E. Morton Ave. in Porterville.
Homeless community members can receive haircuts, hot meals, clothing, health and dental care, mental health care, legal services, veterans’ and social service benefits, and much more—at no cost.
Community partners and volunteers have also collected cold weather items, flashlights, and other clothing to give away. Additional services offered at PHC sites include housing and employment information. Donations of time, resources, or financial support are welcome—please visit www.kthomelessalliance.org/phc. For additional information call Leticia Hinojosa at 559-738-8733.