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Free event to help with housing, job training set for June 22
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A free event is set for June 22 at Longwood Park to educate the community about housing and employment help in the area.

Local agencies that offer assistance with housing, utilities or repairs will be at the free event, according to Jessica Tullar, Gainesville’s special projects manager. People will also be able to talk to power companies about rebate programs and conservation techniques so they can cut down on costs.

Tullar said there will be workshops at the park’s pavilion on credit counseling and homebuyer education, fair housing and local children’s programs.

The Gainesville police and fire departments will also be there to educate on safety in the home.

The “housing festival” will cover more than just housing, though — organizations that offer job training and resume help will be there as well, Tullar said.

There is no cost for anything at the event, which will also include lunch, Tullar said.

People can win door prizes or get their face painted, too. They could even leave with a new pet from the Hall County Animal Shelter, which will be hosting an adoption day at the park, Tullar said.

In the case of inclement weather, Tullar said the event would move to the Gainesville High School cafeteria.

The event is hosted by the Gainesville-Hall County team for the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, a statewide organization focusing on housing and revitalization. The local team has representatives from governments, organizations, citizens and nonprofits.

Housing festival

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 22

Where: Longwood Park, 20 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

How much: Free

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