Shelter Is Opening

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

A fire can sometimes leave a family with nowhere to live.

Dozens of homeless people in Harlan County have had nowhere to turn to for help.

Each of us may be closer than we think to becoming homeless.

It is estimated more than 60 people in Harlan County, are already at that point and until today, they had no where to turn.

Now, "My Brother's House" is opening its doors.

“We get calls all the time with people with nowhere to go, and now we can say yeah go to my brother's house,” Teana Burns said.

The non-profit Christ's Hands closed the shelter last year after decreasing demand, but the director of Harlan Countians for a Healthy Community says things have changed.

“I think the economy has a big thing to do with it. A lot of people are out of jobs, a lot of families have nowhere to go,” Burns said.

A study earlier this year showed more than 200 people in Harlan County are close to becoming homeless.

By showing the need, HCHC was able to get a state housing grant to re-open the shelter.

“Will help them set goals like to get their GED, to find a job, whatever their need is,” Burns said.

It will be a warm welcome for many who need to get off the streets.

You might remember nearby Bell County's Homeless Shelter closed this past summer.

WYMT’s Jeff Allen asked this new shelter's director if she would be willing to take people from Bell County in, and she said she would definitely be open to that.

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