NEW PORT RICHEY
School, center for homeless to receive funds
A one-stop homeless center, public bus riders and a school for developmentally disabled adults will benefit from $690,000 in federal money headed to Pasco County. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made the money available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The aid is based on such factors as population and demographics, said George Romagnoli, the county's community development manager, who announced plans for the money at this week's County Commission meeting. The money will go toward the construction of a bus transfer station near the New Port Richey Kmart and to a proposed homeless center at Community United Methodist Church. The church is closing in June and will reopen as Joining Hands Community Mission Inc., a one-stop resource center and shelter to help homeless families with public assistance and employment searches and other tasks. Some of the money will also be used to help the Red Apple School, which serves the developmentally disabled, purchase the New Port Richey building it is now renting. A portion of the money will also be used to pay for two county social workers.
Drop off unused or expired medicines
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office will accept unused or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal at three Sweetbay supermarket locations today. People can drop off their old medicines between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the stores at 8833 Mitchell Blvd. in Trinity, 6400 Massachusetts Ave. in New Port Richey and 9017 State Road 52 in Hudson. "I encourage residents to participate in this program to help us keep these dangerous substances from getting into the wrong hands, as well as the environment and our water supply," said state Rep. John Legg, R-Port Richey.
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