Churches seek community support for housing initiative

Project HOPE homeless

The Helping Other People Effectively Network comprises representatives from several area churches. From left, during a recent meeting, are David Hill of Crestview First United Methodist Church, Darla Perkins and Jo-An Williams of First Presbyterian Church in Crestview, Doug Picklap of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ed Kitchen of First Presbyterian Church in Crestview, and, not pictured, Ann Sprague of Community in Christ Church.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 07:13 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Members of several area churches want to provide housing for the poor with the community's support. The Helping Other People Effectively Network would establish transitional housing and a permanent shelter here, if it reaches its goals.

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HOPE leader Ann Sprague said she plans to meet with local bank officials to learn about foreclosed homes, although the organization would accept donations for a house and contractor services.

It's the next step in helping needy North Okaloosa residents, she said.

HOPE members gather monthly to coordinate soup kitchens and cold weather shelters.

Representatives of Crestview's First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church in Crestview and the Journey Church say the need has increased.

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