Homeless services program to be unveiled in Jonesboro

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JONESBORO, Ark. – A new City of Jonesboro program, Helping Underserved Belong, or HUB, will be unveiled at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 4.

Mayor Harold Perrin’s Taskforce to End Homelessness will present the HUB as a point of entry for the homeless and near homeless into a larger network of services offered throughout Jonesboro.

HUB’s primary focus is to work with those who are ready to make a change in their lives. The bottom floor of the First Baptist Church Christian Activity Center, located at 711 Union Street, will serve as HUB headquarters.

The HUB will provide services such as medical and dental referrals, mental health assessments, mentoring, job readiness programs, and financial literacy and budgeting programs, among others.

“We’re able to do this because of the great work of the taskforce, and this will serve some of the people who need it most in and around Jonesboro,” Perrin said.

The City received a federal grant of more than $94,000 last year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist the homeless move into stable environments. The HUB will serve as point of entry for that program as well.

Trained volunteers will operate the HUB, and several local providers have committed their services one to two days per week. The HUB will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays.

“Given the many needs facing our homeless population, the taskforce decided that a one-stop-shop would be the most efficient and effective way to meet those needs,” said Emma Agnew, Community Services Manager for the City of Jonesboro.

For more information, contact Agnew at eagnew@jonesboro.org or 870-336-7210.

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Press Release – Bill Campbell, City of Jonesboro

Featured photo by Stan Morris.

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