New Community Resource Center Opens at Harrison Homes

Aug 5, 2019

Peoria's Harrison Homes residents have a new place to seek assistance.

Located within a former apartment, the Harrison Homes Resource Center will evaluate resident needs and provide appropriate solutions. 

Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III said a civilian city employee assigned to his department will staff the office a few times a week. The goal is to connect residents with a wide range of needed resources, such as transportation.

"He can help out with GED programs. he can help out with state ID cards. Again, that's stuff we take for granted that - it's real life for individuals that live in and around this area," Marion said. 

He stressed the resource center is not a police substation, but an extension of the Peoria Police Department's community policing goals. 

Jackie Newman leads the Peoria Housing Authority. She said the center will connect residents to needed services.

"What we're trying to do is identify what the residents' needs are. We're not telling them what resources to place here. We're asking them, what are the resources that they need to help move themselves up to become even more self-sufficient?" she said. 

Newman said the PHA is working tore-establish a similar community resource center at Taft Homes.