Thursday, July 9, 2015
Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is an annual, one-day event that brings together, in a single location, a wide variety of community volunteers and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Direct services are provided on site to help combat homelessness and related issues.
For the sixth year in a row, PHC was held in Everett. In 2014 we served approximately 1,300 clients at the event. A total of 258 staff from 84 programs and 268 volunteers made this event possible. Of the attendees, 256 people received haircuts, 151 dogs and cats were examined, and139 individuals received foot care. Additional details are contained in the Final Report.
The 2014 Homeless Point in Time count in Snohomish County showed 1,272 people in 992 households without a permanent place to stay. Of the individuals counted this year, an estimated 314 (26%) were homeless children under the age of 18; 71 were homeless veterans.
Everett Gospel Mission organized the meal service this year, and 1,158 meals were served. Guests had a choice between lemonade or iced tea, soup or salad, and chicken or sausage with pasta, plus vegetables on the side. One of the hallmarks of Project Homeless Connect is that volunteers provide table service to participants.
Guests at the event also had the option of receiving a backpack with toiletries, a new pair of sneakers, a family portrait, vision care, immunizations and more. There was also child care available on-site.
Every year, on this day, services are provided free of charge to individuals and families seeking assistance. A sample of the services that we provided include:
- DSHS eligibility screening
- Social Security eligibility screening
- Housing Information
- Medical care
- Dental care
- Foot care
- Vision screening and eyeglass vouchers
- Pet care
- Mental health assessment and brief counseling
- Substance abuse screening
- Hearing screening and assistance with hearing aids
- Hepatitis testing and vaccination
- HIV/AIDS testing
- Homeless veteran outreach
- Children’s books
- Hot meals
- Backpacks filled with toiletries
Have more questions or need more info?
If you have any general questions about the event or would like additional information, please contact Michelle Morris