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211 Hotline

Concerns over health, unemployment and inflation continue as we head into the fall.

Officials are reminding those struggling about a national hotline that can help.

The number is 211, and you can get connected here locally with trained care navigators available 24/7.

Karen Struble Myers is the President and CEO of United Way of Laurel Highlands and she says, “If its related to health and human services, most likely there is a resource through 211 that you can be put into connection with.”

“We have developed a network across Somerset and Cambria Counties so when people call in, its resources that are local to the community and connects with a variety of human services.”

Some services that can be provided through 211 are food and clothing resources, employment resources, veteran services, healthcare assistance, childcare services and more.

In 2021, PA 211 responded to 300,000 calls and texts connecting people to resources and supports.

Struble Myers says currently in Johnstown, “Right now I would say the biggest needs are housing, rental assistance and utility assistance.”

Because 211 only offers referrals to human and health resources, Struble Myers advises all emergency calls go straight to 911.

“So if you’re experiencing a health emergency, call 911. But if its something related to human services, say you don’t know how to care for an aging parent or you’re looking to connect with a food pantry 211 can do that for you.”

To get assistance, call 211, text your zip to 898-211 or visit their website.

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