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United Way Launches 2-1-1 On the Go!

In early 2009, United Way interviewed homeless provider agencies and found their clients’ most common barriers to independence included the lack of identification, an address, and a phone number – all of which are needed to apply for a job and secure permanent housing.  Additional needs included information on where to go to take a shower or wash clothes, as well as the location of soup kitchens.

As a result, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has awarded funds to United Way 2-1-1 to support launching an innovative pilot program, 2-1-1 On the Go! to help homeless individuals get off the streets and into full-time employment and housing.  To do this, 2-1-1 Information & Referral Specialists will go into the community and offer immediate on-site assistance by providing 50 eligible homeless individuals with information and referral tools to help them overcome the common barriers to employment and housing.  This includes providing valuable resource information from the 2-1-1 database, up to 10 local bus tickets to each client, as well as access to voicemail that will assist in employment searches and obtaining other basic needs.  Host agency sites for the outreach program are Garden City Rescue Mission and Augusta Rescue Mission.

For more information about 2-1-1 On the Go!, please contact United Way at 706-724-5544.