Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

Project Homeless Connect

19,132 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The mission of Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is to connect San Franciscans 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

Target demographics: people experiencing homelessness & at risk of experiencing homelessness

Geographic areas served: San Francisco

Programs: acupuncture treatments, banking service consultations, benefits enrollment, dental services, employment services, eye exams and prescription glasses, hearing screenings, family services, lunches, groceries, haircuts, HIV/Hepatitis C/STI testing and linkage to care, housing information & assessment for Coordinated Entry, DMV State IDs, legal services, massages, medical services & linkage to primary care, behavioral health (including substance abuse treatment & methadone), harm reduction services including needle exchange, podiatry treatment, shelter reservations & stabilization housing, veteran services, pet services, phone calls & voicemail, photo portraits, chiropractic care, adult probation, wheelchair repair, and more

Donor & Volunteer Advisory

This organization's nonprofit status may have been revoked or it may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.

Community Stories

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After volunteering for the morning shift of Project Homeless Connect on February 11, 2009 I was taken back by both the turnout of those in need, as well as the wide range of services offered. At the end of my shift I had mixed feelings about the event. There were many things I liked. I thought it was well organized and had a lot of crucial services that would be hard to obtain for the homeless population otherwise. Additionally, it was obvious that this was not only appreciated by the local community, but supported by as well through volunteer hours and donations. I think if we had to choose, it would be better to have Project Homeless Connect every two months, than to have a clinic with regular hours. I think this because with so many services available in one spot, there is a better chance that this will get the homeless all the services they need, versus just one service attended to at the clinic. Lastly, I believe that this event helps to alleviate homelessness, rather than reinforce it. I think many of the clients saw this as a chance to get parts of their lives together and get moving on the right track. However, there are also some things I thought could be improved upon. While I was working the check-in area I noticed that the two most demanded services were dental and vision work. But, these two services were the first ones that were overbooked and became unavailable. I think time and money could be better spent expanding those two services. Additionally, I don’t think that this type of healthcare would work for the whole community. First, I don’t think there would b enough consistent volunteers or donations to support the event for everyone who lived in the city. Secondly, I think that there would be a big demand for specialists that could not be supplied. I believe that this is a crucial event for the homeless population of San Francisco and that as it continues things will progressively improve and become more efficient.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I brought 60 students from the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and was really impressed by the infectious enthusiasm. The formerly homeless who work with Project Homeless Connect are really incredible individuals who inspire with their cheerful hard work.

16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the food bank, handing out food to the clients to take with them when they leave.I always find this experience very rewarding.It's a great way to do something for others in our fine city of San Francisco!

13 sps1

Volunteer

Rating: 3

SF Homeless Connect gives a face to homelessness for the wider socially concerned community. Every SF Connect Volunteer I've ever spoken with has felt like they had a satisfying experience and felt like they understood homelessness just a little bit better. This is valuable. Every SF Homeless Connect client that I spoke with (as a case manager at a residential hotel) was pleased that they got free stuff. Some received services that they perhaps wouldn't otherwise have accessed. They also usually experienced a pleasant day interacting with friendly people, when often times they're treated terribly. These are decent outcomes. This event perhaps allows service providers to access a wider range of clients (though it's not like they weren't getting any business before SF Connect started). The value of this is debatable. My main concern regarding this event is that, while giving volunteers the impression that they are having an incredible impact on homelessness, this event actually does little to lessen chronic homelessness (a very complicated issue that simply cannot begin to be solved in events that happen every two months). I like SF Homeless Connect, and I think it should stay- it indeed has a wonderful and unique quality of bringing the city together. But it's not going to be effective if volunteer involvement stops with SF Connect. Those involved with SF Homeless Connect need to assess how they can mobilize the incredible public support they have to create far more lasting change in their clients lives. There is a lot happening in the city that could use the support of the SF Homeless Connect volunteer base and would create more sustainable change on homelessness.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

the show of people gathered together in a harmony of selflessness, talents, motivations, and trust is a reason to go to PHC. the ability to see the assistance in overwellming numbers ease the mind what we can accomplish together.

9 katz

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I thought it was great. The volunteer coordinator placed me quickly and I was busy throughout. The people who were coming for services seemed pleased, and I connected with people I normally don't connect with. It felt like a lot of love was being shared

8

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a great event that is highly beneficial for so many homeless people. All the services are very useful and in great demand.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked on a medical project to help homeless with lice problems. We were able to identify about 8 people with infestations. They received advice on how to get rid of them as well as treatment onsite under the direction of a physician. It was extremely worthwhile. I will be back. I was impressed with the other volunteers I saw through the day. .

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an absolutely fabulous time! Loved it - highlight was meeting a man who was a voice recognition engineer who was incredibly bright. I gathered he had a tough break somewhere along the line. We sat and talked for about 20 minutes about politics. I found out he was an Army vet and loves the city. Thanks so much!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

it was a great experience...people were friendly, helping people was fun,i like putting a smile on people faces and knowing that i helped people out i hope i can do something like this more often

8

Volunteer

Rating: 3

My afternoon was very interesting! I served food to hungry people and got water for their dogs. Everyone was very thankful for everything I did. I had a great day and can't wait to do this again!

10 Client106

Client Served

Rating: 4

with 22% of hunters point homeless, you will need to have this twice a month for 6 months before you see an impact

10

Client Served

Rating: 4

Everything was good today. I'd like to see this more. The best part was meeting all the new people. I've been living here a long time and it is nice to see fresh people. This is like that thing that happens once a year that is good.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

Got some food. All the volunteers were helpful. Signed up for services. Favorite part was being escorted by the young ladies. What would have been more helpful? I wanted more information on housing opportunities.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everybody was very helpful. Lunch was excellent. The services provided were good and people were friendly. I enjoyed myself. I didn't need it as much as others but had a lot of fun.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wouldn't change anything. Getting an ID was the best part. Everything you could possible need is here. Lots of nice people.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very very good celebration today. I thank you for lunch. Good doctors appointment. I am from Russia and appreciate these events in the US.

5 Carl Parkes

Client Served

Rating: 4

Too windy here. Too long of a wait to get a haircut. An hour! I made some great connections. AA had a booth. The medical help was really outstanding. They sent up an appointment for me for next tue. Right online. and they set me up with a primary doctor. I haven't had one for five years. -Carl Parkes

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best: The coming together of everybody. I don't think you could make it any better. So far it is beautiful.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

These are always a 5. But they should start offering canvas bags instead of paper for groceries. They need to start offering housing help as well. Maybe convert a warehouse or hotel. Other than that, it is wonderful. Everyone is really great. This location was good. But when this event was inside it went smoother in the past. -Robert Williams

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They set it up pretty good. All the needs that I had were met. like: mental health, substance abuse, SSI. Nothing much to improve. All my appointments are set up for this week.

6 Andrew Miller

Client Served

Rating: 4

Everything stays open from the beginning to the end. I got everything I needed. Everything went perfectly for me today