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Project Homeless Connect

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Founded in 2004 out of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Project Homeless Connect is a nationally recognized model aimed at serving people experiencing homelessness with dignity and respect. Over the last several years, cities and communities across the nation have taken on the model and made it their own. Project Homeless Connect brings an array of resources and services together under one roof on one day to best serve those experiencing homelessness. 

Service connection is what makes Project Homeless Connect effective. The connection between people – volunteer advocates and guests – is what makes Project Homeless Connect meaningful. 

Due to COVID-19 and corresponding CDC guidelines, volunteer activities in 2021 did not happen. In both Milwaukee and Waukesha health and hygiene items plus basic health check-ups directly to clients in shelter happened in place of our larger event.

 

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Success

  • Over 700 guests attend Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect every year. An additional 400+ volunteer guest advocates make this event a possibility. 
  • Thirty individuals experiencing homelessness were connected to resources at the inaugural Waukesha Project Homeless Connect in 2019.
  • Guests connected to resources at Project Homeless Connect often end their episode of homelessness and return to the event as a volunteer the following year. Previous event guests are now part of the Project Homeless Connect planning team, using their experiences to make the event more inclusive and impactful.
  • Project Homeless Connect brings together government leaders, the justice system, health & human service providers, and community members in a unique show of recognition and public education about homelessness in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties. 
  • Project Homeless Connect has a been a touchstone event of the Milwaukee Continuum of Care since 2009.

Questions?

Contact Krystina Kohler at 414.263.8181 or email.