What Is Project Homeless Connect?
SF Connect is a program designed to bring services to San Francisco’s growing homeless population. As the economy gets worse, it is often the poorest people who feel the most strain. With the increased number of foreclosures, the growing unemployment rate and budget cuts to many services, there are between six thousand and twelve thousand people sleeping on the streets of San Francisco each night. While there are a number of services available, they are often spread out and are difficult to get to for many people. Project Homeless Connect is a joint effort between volunteers, government services, non-profit organizations and the private sector. Its goal is to host events that provide centralized access to services for San Francisco homeless.
What Services Are Provided?
SF Connect aims to make a number of services easier for homeless people to access. These include health care services, employment opportunities, housing, voice mail, SSI benefits, HIV testing, mental health services, needle exchange, California identification cards and many others. Project Homeless Connect also hosts a number of events aimed specifically at veterans, families and children, and targets a number of specific areas such as Golden Gate Park and Bayview Hunters Point.
How Can You Get Involved?
Project Homeless Connect welcomes anyone who wants to get involved. They work closely with local businesses, corporations, non-profits and individual volunteers to provide the most complete array of services in one place. If you want to become a San Francisco volunteer, you can sign up at ProjectHomelessConnect.org/volunteer. Simply create a profile and then choose your preferred event, shift and service area. If you belong to a business or organization that would like to get involved, you can contact SF Connect directly for more information. Donations are also welcomed and can be given online or through the mail. In-kind donations cover almost 90% of the total program costs. If you have goods or services to donate, you can contact the organization directly for more information.