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More cities across the state are seeing those who've become homeless, due to the economic situation.

Meet Chris, a woman who's been in the work force for the past 30 years. She's a jack of all trades, but she is now unemployed and desperately looking for work in Pitt county.

"For decades I've been able to walk in a get a job." says Chris.

But this time is different. She's been out of work for months and her bills are piling up.

"Here I am, up to here in debt and have not means to pay for anything."

Including her rent! By the first of November, Chris faced being homeless.

But a newly formed program available to those facing homelessness saved her life.

President Obama signed the American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009, It included $1.5 billion for homelessness prevention.

Pitt County received more than a million of that money, changing how Social Services handles those facing eviction.

"This program is federal dollars through HUD and for those who at risk of homelessness or already homeless we're not focusing in the chronically homeless to those who have been homeless for years."
says Sharon Edwards with Pitt County Social Services.

It was a phone call that kept Chris in her apartment --at least for another month, as she continues to look for work.

For Further information about Pitt County's services for Homeless Prevention contact the Pitt County Social Service Office at (252) 902-1110.


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