CommWell Health hosting housing, Hurricane Matthew luncheon

By Chase Jordan - [email protected]

CommWell Health’s NC-REACH/SPNS Department is hosting its Community Housing Coalition Luncheon in conjunction with the American Red Cross.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at CommWell Health, 3331 Easy St., Dunn, in the Applin Center. Its theme is “Sustainable Solutions in the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew” and is geared towards community agencies, resources, housing officials, private landlords. Lisa McKeithan, a Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Project Manager from CommWell Health, said all community members interested in hearing about sustainable solutions or meeting with the American Red Cross are welcome to attend.

Many Sampson County community members and CommWell Health patients were effected by Hurricane Matthew. Information will be provided about available resources and preparing for future hurricanes.

“We had quite a few patients that were flooded out of their homes, so I thought it would be a good idea to have someone from the American Red Cross,” McKeithan said. “She’s going to come and talk to us about sustainable solutions in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.”

McKeithan said a lot of people are still struggling after the storm, which struck the area in October. Many experienced flooding and were without electricity for several days.

“Many of their foods spoiled and many had to take off from work becuase their children were out of school,” she said. “Their finances were effected becuase of the hurricane and we still have some patients that still have not been able to move back into their home. Their living in an unstable housing situation becuase of the hurricane.”

As a project manager, one of her goals is to help patients who are homeless receive medical care.

“We know that housing is one of the number one issues or deterrents for people not being compliant with their medical care,” McKeithan said. “We help our patients who are instability housed or homeless. We held find them housing and link them to other community resources that can help them find housing, but also maintain housing.”

A meal will be provided. The deadline to RSVP is Monday, Dec. 12. For more information contact SPNS Network Navigator Shalonda Pellam at 910-567-6194, ext. 6018 or by email at [email protected]

By Chase Jordan

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