Story last updated at 1/23/2013 - 2:07 pm
The Juneau Homeless Coalition will hold its 4th Annual Project Homeless Connect event at Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Monday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event designed to connect those currently experiencing homelessness with support services in the areas of employment, housing, healthcare, mental and behavioral health, legal assistance, education, and much more. There are more than 50 service providers scheduled to participate. Popular services from past events, including haircuts, massage, and foot care, will be available again this year. In 2012, Project Homeless Connect assisted the largest number of participants - more than 187 of the 562 homeless Juneau residents.
Project Homeless Connect is scheduled on Jan. 28 because this date coincides with the annual homeless Point-In-Time count - a once-a-year survey that all service providers and shelter/housing operators that work with the homeless population must complete in order to qualify for state and federal funding. The 2012 Point-In-Time Homeless Count showed that a total of 562 Juneau residents were homeless on the night of Jan. 24, 2012.
Due to the large number of participants expected at Project Homeless Connect, many volunteers are needed to assist with the Point-In-Time survey, greet and escort guests to the services they need, and help with set up and break down of the event. One-hour orientation sessions for interested volunteers will be held at Centennial Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6-7 p.m. and on Friday, Jan. 25 from noon-1 p.m.
Donations that will help participants get through the winter months are being collected by the United Way of Southeast Alaska at 3225 Hospital Drive, Suite #201. Items such as coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, warm socks, boots, blankets, and much more are needed. The Glory Hole is collecting non-perishable food donations. A full list of donation items can be found at http://www.jedc.org/juneau-project-homeless-connect.
Other highlights for this year's Project Homeless Connect event include:
Representatives from 12 local housing agencies and apartment complexes;
Health care services including flu shots, blood pressure screenings and more;
Rental assistance available in the form of move-in deposits;
Office of Vital Statistics and transportation to the DMV available to obtain birth certificates and identification cards;
State of Alaska Permanent Fund registration; and
Food and coffee prepared by the Glory Hole.
Project Homeless Connect is organized and made possible through the commitment and generosity of key sponsors, volunteers, and the Juneau Homeless Coalition. Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) has allocated $1,500 for this year's event and a special thanks to them for their continued support for these local efforts.
If you know of someone that is currently experiencing homelessness or at-risk of becoming homeless, please encourage them to attend Project Homeless Connect.
Information about Project Homeless Connect can be found on the Juneau Economic Development Council website at www.jedc.org/project-homeless-connect.
For questions, contact Juneau Homeless Coalition Coordinator, Jessy Post at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 523-2335.