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Making "Cents" for Homelessness

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

Mickey and her husband have experienced homelessness for more than 10 years.

"It's very depressing when you're on the verge of homelessness because you don't know where to turn to."

If it weren't for HOPE Community helping Mickey get back on her feet, she might still be homeless today. Part of the funding at HOPE Community comes from programs like Change for Change, donating extra money on your monthly utility bill to help combat homelessness.

“It's a little donation. If you're already donating, double it, a little donation that will in fact have a huge impact on an individual and can actually change their life," said Executive Director of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition Kay Freeman.

Commissioner Andrew Gillum says he's working to combat homelessness every day.

"I visited with a woman in her home (last week) where you could see beneath her feet the grass that was growing beneath the shelter and when she turned on the faucet in her kitchen she was watering the grass outside. That is a sad story for her, but it’s a sadder story for this community to allow that to persist."

The team hopes to raise $100,000 this year for the change for change program. Funding goes toward such things like prescription drugs, education and moving expenses.

You can sign up online at www.talgov.com or you can simply call the City of Tallahassee at 391-4YOU.


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