About 200 people attended this year’s Project Homeless Connect in Biloxi. The annual event brings together social service agencies, non-profits, medical providers, and others to provide a variety of services for the homeless – from haircuts, to clothes, to a hot meal. Mary Simons tells MPB's Evelina Burnett more about the program.
Eneaus Polk considers himself homeless - although he has an indoor place to stay through the generosity of friends. A Gulf War vet with PTSD, he shares his story with our Evelina Burnett.
A new partnership between Adams County, Humana, and the Clinton Foundation hopes to improve well-being in Southwest Mississippi by 20 percent before the year 2020. Stacey Carter is with the insurance company, Humana. She tells MPB's Ezra Wall healthcare will be a major focus, but a lot of the details will be worked out win the input of community members.
Butch Brown is the Mayor of Natchez. He says the partnership will be very helpful in bringing both attention AND resources to the health problems in southwest Mississippi.
The "20% by 2020" initiative will be officially announced at an event in Natchez later today. The Blueprint Day Humana's Stacey Carter talked about will be on Wednesday, December 3rd.
Mississippi ranks dead last in the nation when it comes to financial literacy, according to some industry groups. But officials from the State Treasurer's Office are hoping to turn that around through education. One of the new tools they're using is a video game called "Financial Football." Treasurer Lynn Fitch tells our Paul Boger more about the game, and about the importance of financial education.
Ken Lucas played football for Ole Miss in the late 90s before embarking on an 8-year career in the NFL. He tells MPB's Paul Boger he watched a lot of his friends make big financial mistakes. He says being smart with money is important.