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Program offers help to storm evacuees

By Times Staff
Published April 4, 2006

Many who fled Hurricane Katrina and relocated still suffer psychological and financial effects. A program that began in 2004 after Hurricane Charley devasted areas of Charlotte and DeSoto counties is offering help.

Project HOPE (Helping Our People in Emergencies) is an outreach and referral service aimed at helping Katrina victims. Programs include outreach, group and individual counseling, and referrals of resources. Special programs focus on children and the elderly.

Hurricane Katrina victims who reside in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties are eligible.

Founded by the Florida Center for Child and Family Development, with the Department of Children and Families, the program has been funded for the next two months and will likely be extended through 2006. For information call (800) 273-8255.

[Last modified April 4, 2006, 03:00:35]

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