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Project Homeless Connect 15 Links More Than 800 to Essential Resources

DENVER – More than 800 people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless connected to hundreds of essential resources today at Project Homeless Connect 15 (PHC15). The annual event connects families and individuals without homes to more than 100 volunteer service providers and resources. For people without a steady home, accessing simple necessities can take days and require multiple trips to locations across the city. PHC15 saves participants time and travel costs and gives volunteers a chance to contribute to the community.

“Each year, Project Homeless Connect links hundreds of homeless parents, children, seniors and individuals in our community to dozens of crucial services they need to get back on their feet,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Project Homeless Connect wouldn’t be possible without the help of our community, and this year we saw more volunteers participate than ever before, which clearly shows the community’s continued commitment to finding long-term solutions for homelessness.”

More than 800 hundred people volunteered for Project Homeless Connect. Many paired up with a homeless person or family to navigate them through the variety of resources packing the large convention space. Approximately 800 people attended the event and connected to resources such as hygiene items, clothing, jobs, medical care and legal services. Employers who hosted a job fair at the event reported hiring at least 16 people.

“Working together as a community, we again provided dozens of essential resources to hundreds of residents who are experiencing or close to experiencing homelessness, helping them stabilize and supporting their overall wellbeing,” Bennie Milliner, Executive Director of Denver’s Road Home, said. “For more than 10 years, Project Homeless Connect has brought our community together in one place on one day with the shared goal of caring for those in our community who are without a home and in need of support.”

PHC15 was coordinated by Denver’s Road Home, the City and County of Denver and Mile High United Way with support from Regis University and more than a hundred service providers. A full list of providers is attached to this release.

Since 2006, Project Homeless Connect has provided more than 13,000 homeless individuals with services including medical care, legal and employment services, haircuts, benefit assistance and access to clothing.

Quotes from Attendees

“I’m getting some resume help,” said one participant at the resume lab, who was going to the job fair next. “I’m gonna need it because I’m going to employment over here next door. Hoping I can get employed.”

“I came here today because I’m homeless and I needed housing and I got somebody interested in giving me a house to live in,” another participant said. “And I also found new shoes, new boots and two new coats and I’m going to do more. I’m going to go work on a resume.”

 

Project Homeless Connect 15 Service Providers

Mile High United Way 2-1-1

Women’s Bean Project

Denver Voice

TCF Bank

Taxpayer Advocate Service

Colorado Civil Rights Division

Denver Homeless Out Loud

Impact Locally

Bayaud Industries

PFLAG

Aurora Mental Health Center

The Blue Bench

Nelson Ministries

Denver Public Library

Strive

Clayton Early Learning

Family Star Montessori School

Catholic Charities

Atlantis Community, Inc.

Boy Scout Troop 870

Unity Community Acupuncture

Healing Village Collective

Hair stylist The Honeycomb

Paul Mitchell the School

Massage therapy

RejuvInnate Family Chiropractic

DHS – Adult Protective Services

DHS – Child Support Services

Senior Support Services

Colorado Dept. of Human Services

DHS – Outreach

Colorado Legal Services, ID Project

Department of Motor Vehicles

Social Security Administration

Metro State College Child Care

Colorado Youth for a Change

Employment First

Urban Peak

Mi Casa

Colorado Career Development Assoc.

Numerous Employers

Salvation Army

Mercy Housing

Warren Village & Warren Village First Step

Denver Rescue Mission

Samaritan House

VOA Housing Information

Delores Project

Family Tree

Gateway Battered Woman’s Shelter

Denver Health School & Community Prgms.

Colorado Access

Metro Community Provider Network

Colorado Drug Card

Regis University

Liver Health Connection

Denver Colorado AIDS Project

Rocky Mountain Cares

Optometrists

Denver Health

Walgreens

Arnold & Porter LLP

Denver Animal Shelter

SpayToday

Peace, Love & Paws, Inc.

Center for Animal Wellness

RMHS/Homes for All Vets

Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs

VOA Veteran Services

CDLE Veterans Programs

VA Medical Center (116-D)

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Nurse Family Partnership

Denver Health

Alternatives Pregnancy Center

Marisol Health

Women With a Cause

Harm Reduction Action Cetner

Attention Homes

VOA Bannock Youth Center

Dynamic Workforce Solutions

Mile High Youth Corps

The Master’s Apprentice

Second Chance Center

 

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