Project Homeless Connect has many focused projects that aim to reach out o the San Francisco homeless communities on all their geographic locations around the city. Each project also attempts to serve the varied needs of different people among the homeless. The recent economic crisis and the wars have brought an influx of veterans and entire families forced on to the street by foreclosure and unemployment. SF connect also seeks to bring together the San Francisco volunteer community to meet with and aid the homeless so that all of San Francisco works to solve the problems cause by poverty.
Golden Gate Park Connect continues to assist the homeless even though the Mayor’s Office has managed to bring the number of homeless in the neighborhoods around the park down to around 25 individuals. This branch of the project seeks to provide assistance to homeless that use the area during the day but do not form part of the small, overnight community. The project intends to provide periodical assistance in medical care and legal counseling.
The second largest portion of the San Francisco homeless community lives in the Bayview Hunter’s Point neighborhood. Nearly one-third of the entire community, homeless or not, live in danger of hunger on a daily basis. The project has made particular efforts in recent times to assist young people just out of foster care, 70 percent of whom wind up homeless shortly after reaching adulthood.
Around a quarter of the members of homeless community are veterans. Project Homeless Connect has partnered with the local VA hospital and other veteran groups in order to reach out to this segment of the population. Their primary goal is to help veterans connect with services provided by the government specifically for them.
There are no more than 1,600 homeless students in San Francisco schools. In recognition of this, Project Homeless Connect has formed Family Connect. The school districts collaborate with the project to provide outreach to these students’ families in particular.
Developing healthy lifestyles after years of malnutrition can be difficult those that have been homeless. In some cases those who were obese before becoming homeless continue to be obese because the only food available is often fast food. For those who have experienced malnutrition we recommend using our local food banks and teaching proper nutrition to avoid more serious disease such as diabetes, and others.