2010 PHC Event
The 2010 Project Homeless Connect was a huge success. 753 people who are homeless or at-risk accessed a complete array of services to help them become self-sufficient at the 3rd annual Project Homeless Connect event. The event, which took place simultaneously in Hanford, Porterville and Visalia, was organized by the Kings/Tulare Continuum of Care on Homelessness (Continuum) with support from hundreds of sponsors and volunteers.
Created in 2004 in San Francisco, Project Homeless Connect is equal parts welcoming homeless neighbors into the life of the community, changing the way resources are accessed, and achieving quantifiable results for people experiencing homelessness. The innovation has taken off like wildfire across the country as communities look for solutions to end homelessness. Over 330 events in 220 communities have taken place so far.
What makes it so special is that everything in it is free — including the services of hundreds of volunteers who are on hand to assist participants throughout the day. The event was made possible with support from sponsors such as AT&T, Kings County Behavioral Health, Adventist Health, Capital Source Bank, and dozens of other organizations, businesses and concerned citizens throughout the community.
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“Project Homeless Connect is an important part of our regional efforts to help homeless people get off the streets,” said Betsy McGovern-Garcia, president of the Continuum. McGovern-Garcia said that “besides being the right thing to do, we can save taxpayers money by helping people move into housing and by helping people before they become homeless.”
During the events, clients were able to access a wide range of services from mental health to dental health, immunizations and pet vaccinations. Other services included things as simple as haircuts, access to mainstream benefits, legal assistance and housing resources. DMV was on hand to offer CA ID cards. Services were geared towards all ages, from children and youth to adults and seniors.
“We worked diligently to provide almost everything that you could possibly need in one location and the results were truly amazing,” said McGovern-Garcia. “Project Homeless Connect helped a lot of families and individuals meet a variety of important needs all at one time,” McGovern said. “In these difficult financial times, events such as this are even more crucial.”