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The Albany Homeless Enrichment and Rehabilitation Team (HEART) and Community Services Consortium will host the ninth annual HEART to Heart Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Boys & Girls Club of Albany, 1215 Hill St. S.E., for individuals and families in Linn County who are homeless or living in poverty.

Representatives of more than three dozen organizations will provide information and help with disability or Social Security benefits; identification; finding a job; health care; housing; help with rent or utility bills; alcohol and drug treatment; and special housing, medical, and employment programs for veterans.

Individuals who need dental care can see a dentist at the club’s dental clinic for extractions and examinations; first-come, first-served, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dental cleaning is also available. Stylists from SuperCuts will give free haircuts, volunteers from SafeHaven Humane Society will have some pet supplies to give away, and a bicycle mechanic will be on hand to do quick tune-ups.

A limited number of reading glasses, sunglasses, daily living kits, shoes, new socks, items for children, and first-aid kits will be available. Love INC will provide lunch.

The Resource Fair began in June 2006 when the City of Albany cleared out a long-established homeless camp in Simpson Park. The HEART Board of Directors includes representatives of local health and human service agencies, homeless shelters and advocates, the City of Albany, faith-based organizations, and Albany businesses.

For more information about the event, contact Marilyn Smith, 541-917-7507 or marilyn.smith@cityofalbany.net.

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