FAIRBORN — The Greene County Housing Program will host a walk-a-thon Saturday, April 29 to keep the facility operating.
The GCHP serves as a transitional program to help local families who are experiencing homelessness. According to the program, it costs individuals $18.25 per night to stay in the facility.
Funds raised during the walk-a-thon will help offset those costs. Program officials said it serves approximately 226 individuals each year, with 92 percent of the participants exiting the program to obtain stable housing.
“We’re happy to have our first … event,” said Penny Madry-Johnson, who serves as the program’s executive director. ” … We expect over 300 participants and we’re looking forward to having a great, family-fun time. All the proceeds will be used to provide nights of shelter stay for all our families who come to us. Over 20-25 families from Fairborn are guests in our program and about 12 of those families return to Fairborn in either low-income or section eight housing.”
Participants will be able to walk or run in a 5 K on either a team or as an individual. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins 9:30 a.m. at Community Park East, 691 East Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., in Fairborn.
For more information, contact Madry-Johnson or Linda Bynum at 937-376-3111 or visit www.greenecountyhousingprogram.org.
“We’re proud of this event, and we’re happy to have it in Fairborn,” Madry-Johnson said.
Greene County News report compiled by Whitney Vickers.