Council contributes to day of services for the homeless

February 25, 2009

Akron's homeless will again have an opportunity to have many needs met in one place this year.

That's because Akron City Council has approved a $5,000 donation to continue Project Homeless Connect Day for a second year.

The contribution will help support another one-stop day to deliver needed services to more than 500 people on April 28.

The event will be moved from the Akron Salvation Army to The Chapel, 135 Fir Hill, to accommodate the expected increase in people needing services from food and haircuts to medical and dental care.

Services will be provided from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the city will sponsor free trolley rides to transport clients from the Haven of Rest and all Akron Salvation Army locations to the church.

In introducing the legislation, Council's Budget and Finance Committee Chair Tina Merlitti (W-7) said 88 volunteers served about 500 people last year, and nearly ran out of space to accommodate everyone in need.

"This year we need more room, so the Chapel will host the event," Merlitti said. "Unfortunately, I have a feeling we're going to see a larger number of people in need this year than we did last year."

To volunteer for the event, please call (330) 375-2090.