Mission: The mission of Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is to connect San Franciscan's experiencing homelessness with the resources they need to move forward. Project Homeless Connect (PHC), a national best practice model, originated in San Francisco under Mayor Gavin Newsom in October 2004. Today, PHC is emulated in 170 cities across the United States as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. Every other month over 1000 community volunteers partner with city government, non-profits and the private sector to provide a one-stop shop of health and human services for individuals who are homeless in San Francisco. Services include medical, mental health, substance abuse, dental, SSI benefits, legal counseling, eyeglasses, California ID, food, voice mail, employment counseling and job placement, wheelchair repair and more. As of September 2008, 18,600 volunteers have provided services to 26,600 San Franciscans experiencing homelessness.
Results: Project Homeless Connect is one of the most innovative partnerships between a city, its residents and its sectors. Project Homeless Connect has been adopted by the National Department of Housing and Development as as a National Best Practice model, and has been copied in over 220 cities across the United States in addition to engaging over 20,000 volunteers from San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia have also adopted Project Homeless Connect as a model towards ending homelessness. For more information visit: www.projecthomelessconnect.org
Programs: -216 accupuncture treatments were given to clients-116 banking service consultations were provided, resulting in many clients opening bank accounts-1,033 benefits meetings took place-606 dental screenings were performed-566 employment interviews and services were given-1,733 eye exams were performed and eyeglasses distributed-456 families who are homeless came for counseling-4,191 lunches were served to homeless clients-45,475 pounds of groceries were given-436 harcuts were completed-296 hiv tests were performed-52 homeward bound trips were arranged to assist homeless people's return home-592 housing information counseling meetings were conducted with clients-690 dmv state id's were issued-456 legal meetings were held-303 massages were performed on clients-610 medical service interactions were made, connecting many clients with primary care providers-219 behavioral health, substance abuse, or methadone connections were made-1,080 phone calls were made to family and friends-205 podiatry treatments were given-296 shelter reservations or stabilized housing were achieved-105 veterans service connections were provided-226 veterinary care and pet sitting served dogs, cats and other pets-352 voicemail accounts were opened-47 chiropractic treatments were given-111 adult probation service connections were made