Community leaders have announced plans to enhance and upgrade the area’s existing 2-1-1 service so that those experiencing homelessness can connect with a trained, compassionate live operator, who will be able to seamlessly screen them for needed services and then provide immediate referrals to appropriate local agencies.
In a presentation at the March 4 Public Policy Lunch, hosted by the Sanford Area Growth Alliance – Chamber of Commerce, Kendra Martin, Executive Director of the United Way of Lee County shared information about the NC 211 Program, and the coordinated entry efforts for homeless services that are coming soon. NC 211 is a free, confidential service that provides individuals with information about the myriad of services available to them in Lee County, to include food, housing and utility assistance, health care services, senior services, credit counseling, and more.
On March 28th, there will be a Lee County Coordinated Entry Kickoff for the 2-1-1 initiative. The event will take place at the McSwain Center from 11:30am to 1pm, with lunch provided. United Way of North Carolina representatives, local officials, and others will be on hand to talk about why Lee County has chosen to do this and why United Way of Lee County has invested in it on behalf of the community. The program is free to the public, but advanced registration is required by clicking here.