Project Homeless Connect Serves Many
By: Pierce County
October 25, 2011
Project Homeless Connect serves many under one roof
The fifth annual Project Homeless Connect will take place Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Tacoma.
The Pierce County Project Homeless Connect is an annual, one-day event that provides access to a variety of services under one roof for individuals and families experiencing and at risk of homelessness. The project is jointly presented by the Pierce County Department of Community Connections, the City of Tacoma, South Sound Outreach Services and hundreds of sponsors, community organizations and volunteers.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. More information is available at www.pchomelessconnect.org.
In 2010, Project Homeless Connect provided 1,408 people with access to:
• Emergency, transitional or permanent housing
• Dental, vision and medical care, including health screenings, flu shots, podiatry, chemical dependency assessments, mental health assessments and health screenings
• Employment and education resources
• Family services
• Legal services
• On-site child care
• Public benefits such as Social Security and Veterans Administration benefits
• Replacement identification
• Tax help
• A hot meal
Committed professionals provide more than $212,000 in in-kind services and supplies for the event each year, and consequently seek further opportunity to serve their community. Project Homeless Connect brings together more than 60 area organizations - business, government, social service, health care, faith communities - and more than 600 volunteers.
Mia Wells, Pierce County Department of Community Connections