Project Homeless Connect provides resources to homeless San Diegans
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 14th Project Homeless Connect will invite San Diegans experiencing homelessness to Golden Hall Wednesday to provide them with a warm meal, employment services and help connecting with shelters.
For the 10th year, the San Diego Housing Commission is the lead organizer of the event and it will provide housing assistance information through its homelessness action plan, HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO. Outreach staff from the city’s Housing Navigation Center and Bridge Shelters will help individuals get more information and access to resources.
Participants will have access to health screenings, dental exams, flu shots, hair cuts and legal aid, as well as donations of socks, shoes and hygiene kits. Other major partners of the event are the city of San Diego, Father Joe’s Villages, Interfaith Shelter Network, Family Health Centers of San Diego and San Diego County as part of its “Live Well San Diego” initiative.
San Diego Humane Society’s PAWS program will team up with Banfield Pet Hospital to offer free veterinary care and will be able to provide 35 free spay/neuter surgeries.
Last year’s event had more than 140 volunteers with 100 service provider booths. According to the housing commission, 57.5% of the individuals who came in 2019 were male, 41.8% female (and two individuals identified as transgender), 45.9% were 55 or older, 12.8% were veterans, 7.5% were single parents and 62.7% had been homeless for more than one year.
The one-day resource fair is the largest such event in San Diego. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.