New Horizons hosts event to assist Columbus' homeless community

New Horizons hosts event to assist Columbus' homeless community

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - New Horizons Behavioral Health is helping those who are homeless get to a better place.

Project Homeless Connect is an event where the goal is to link the homeless population to educational resources. New Horizons launched the project in 2009.

The event is today at the Open Door Community House on 2nd Ave. from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

The community will help them find the proper housing, employment, healthcare, food and more. According to the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, 209 individuals are homeless and 79 are currently un-sheltered.

Each year, a point-in-time count, which allows them to see how big of an impact we have had throughout the year in helping individuals and families find housing, is conducted.

"It links people who have a mental illness to housing," said Ceminthia Graham, PATH Director at New Horizons. "It's really going to be a great time to where if you are homeless in the area or know someone who is homeless for them to come out so we can be able to serve them."

Those who attend today will leave with bags filled with socks, underwear, and all kinds of hygiene products.

Vendors like barber shops, educational, vocational, and businesses with job opportunities will also be present for those in need.

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