While in town visiting constituents, Congresswoman Corrine Brown recently stopped by Heart of Florida United Way to tour the 2-1-1 call center, which provides free, 24-hour assistance to local people in need.
Meeting with United Way President/CEO Robert H. Brown and other key staff, the Congresswoman praised 2-1-1’s role in helping her constituents and others find help with food, rent utilities and other basic needs. As local need continues to grow, calls to 2-1-1 have shown double-digit increases every month this year. In May, more than 11,800 calls were received, with 46% of callers reporting they were unemployed.
The visit also included discussion of unemployment, foreclosure, homelessness and other critical issues, which United Way and its partner agencies are helping address. Noting that the upcoming hurricane season is predicted to be active, she also said that 2-1-1 is a valuable community resource in times of natural disaster and other crises.
Congresswoman Brown is a supporter of pending federal legislation, The Calling for 2-1-1 Act, which could provide funding to support a national 2-1-1 network.
To learn more or review the May 2-1-1 report, click here.