How The Homeless Are being Helped By Lee County

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Lee County Human & Veteran Services has enhanced its resources in an effort to reach out to those who may need assistance with resources after Hurricane Ian. The department’s Coordinated Entry team is now expanded to help complete assessments for those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness as a result of the storm.

New resources are available.

To access street outreach services, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, or permanent supportive housing, call 239-533-7996. The number is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People also can visit the Homeless Resource Day Center at the Salvation Army, 2450 Edison Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Another tool Lee County Human & Veteran Services developed and launched post-Ian is the Lee REACH app for the local community. This app was created to deliver information to the community quickly. The app is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Residents can find applications for help with rent, electric, water, housing rehabilitation and down-payment assistance. They can find their closest food pantry along with directions. There also is a schedule for mobile food pantries. People experiencing homelessness can sign up for push notifications for severe weather outreach, such as cold fronts this winter. The push notifications also help residents learn about events happening throughout the county for those in need of services.