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April 12, 2023
HOPE MILLS - The Town of Hope Mills is pleased to announce a partnership with Fayetteville/Cumberland Continuum of Care on Homelessness, or CoC. The CoC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is a facilitator of service providers throughout the geographic area of Cumberland County. This collaboration comes after years of strategizing methods to engage and support those impacted by homelessness in the Town of Hope Mills. The ALMS House Hope Mills (Associated Local Ministries in Service Helping Others in Unfortunate Situations and Experiences), a nonprofit that provides meals, clothing, household items and financial assistance, has humbly joined the CoC's homelessness prevention and intervention referral service in a unified effort with the Town.
Continuum of Care has over 96 nonprofits, businesses, advocates, faith-based, health care, educational, and local government entities that work towards the CoC's mission of being dedicated to eradicating homelessness. Fayetteville/Cumberland Continuum of Care on Homelessness, first established in the 1990's, is currently undergoing a rebranding campaign "in an effort to keep the community abreast of the work being accomplished for their homeless clients and to build an effective broadcast system throughout Cumberland County". Their new user-friendly website: www.faycccoc.org, is a wonderful resource to promote access to food and housing for impacted families, research what is occurring in Cumberland County, and register to volunteer. The CoC has also announced their new Coordinated Entry phone number 844-401-HOPE (4673); the significance of HOPE being instilled in their homeless clients and the commitment to their mission. (844)410-HOPE connects homeless or at-risk of being homeless individuals with someone that will be able to refer them to agencies with services that fit their specific needs and circumstances.
With the rebranding and continued collaborative efforts with abovementioned agencies, the CoC is optimistic in achieving further outreach and meeting their mission of "making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring". As a majority of the homelessness initiatives are located in or near the downtown Fayetteville area, the Town is eager to assist in expanding CoC's area of outreach. As a result of this partnership, the ALMS House Hope Mills is now considered to be an access point to the CoC for homeless residents in Hope Mills. This would entail CoC staff assisting ALMS House volunteers in feeding the community and providing access to the many resources CoC provides.
The Town of Hope Mills and ALMS House Hope Mills look forward to tackling these communitywide issues with Fayetteville/Cumberland County Continuum of Care on Homelessness and providing an additional beacon of hope close to home for many.
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