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Project Homeless Connect

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Project Homeless Connect is an annual event that brings resources and services together under one roof to best serve those experiencing homelessness. Over 700 guests and 400 volunteers attend Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect for this one day event. Milwaukee has hosted this event since 2009, and Waukesha had its first event in 2019. 


Thursday, October 17, 2024




Make a Financial Gift

A gift of $40 provides an attendee with meals, transportation, winter clothing, and more onsite services including haircuts, health and dental screenings, and health and hygiene items.


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Become a Sponsor

Help offset the costs to host this event:

$17,500 will provide lunch for every guest, advocate, and service provider volunteer for the day.
$10,000 will purchase warm winter gear (hats, gloves, handwarmers, etc.) for guests.
$7,000 will provide bus passes to every guest upon completing an exit survey to get to follow-up appointments.
$2,000 will purchase menstrual care products for guests.

Contact John Andrekopoulos at 414.263.8117 or via this form.



Provide a Service or Resource

Does your organization help people experiencing homelessness?
Please register for Waukesha Project Homeless Connect to provide a service or resource table using the link below.

Service & Resource Table Registration for Project Homeless Connect Milwaukee & Waukesha are now closed. 




We are looking for guest advocate volunteers who will assist individuals, connecting them with resources and services provided throughout the Marquette facility.

Volunteers will:

  • Interact one-on-one with guests throughout the day.
  • Guide guests to needed services and resources.
  • Help throughout the day, assisting with lunch, the health and hygiene room, the check in/check out processes, and other resource areas.

Individuals must pre-register to secure a spot to volunteer. Team sign up is unavailable. There will be no volunteer walk-ins the day of the event.   

If you are bilingual, please note that in your submission. 

Registration is Closed.



You can also make a donation by utilizing our United Way Wishlist.

We have compiled a listing of our most needed and requested items into an Amazon Wishlist to make giving back even easier.




Host a Supply Drive

By donating items like toothpaste and deodorant, you are helping us ensure that these individuals have access to basic hygiene and personal care essentials. These items may seem small, but they make a significant difference in someone's life. We are accepting donations of new, never used everyday items, including:

  • Menstrual Hygiene Products -- Greatest Need!
  • Underwear for Men and Women (Pre-packaged) -- Greatest Need!
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Deodorant

Host a Supply Drive Now

Note: We have collection bins available upon request. All supply drives should end by Friday, October 13. 


Our community has resources available for those at risk of homelessness, but they can only do good when people know about them. The connection of services to those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness is what makes Project Homeless Connect effective. The connection between people that want to help and those that need it is what makes Project Homeless Connect meaningful.  



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. Over 700 guests and 400 volunteers attend Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect annually. 

Project Homeless Connect pivoted to virtual and delivered services during the pandemic from 2020-2022. During this period, we delivered hundreds of backpacks full of basic need items to local shelters, distributed tech support grants, and held virtual listening sessions and public education events centered on homelessness. We are excited to return to hosting an in-person event in 2023.


  • 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.


Contact Krystina Kohler at email.