More than 60 community partners will offer free services to those in need from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Colorado Convention Center, as part of Project Homeless Connect (PHC) 12. PHC is a resource fair for families and people of all ages who are homeless or are at risk of losing their home. Individuals seeking assistance can find the help they need in one location, rather than having to go from place to place to get back on their feet.
The event will feature free services that include health exams, a job fair, legal assistance and child care. People can obtain information about shelter and housing, benefits assistance, veterans services, health insurance, substance abuse treatment, vital documents and more. Additionally, volunteers will be administering the Vulnerability Index survey, a tool for identifying and prioritizing the street homeless population for housing according to the fragility of their health and the length of time on the streets.
What: Project Homeless Connect 12
When: Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (kickoff ceremony from 9:40 to 9:55 a.m.)
Where: Colorado Convention Center (entrance at 14th and Welton streets)
Who: More than 2,000 people in need and volunteers are expected to attend. Speaking at the kickoff ceremony are Mayor Michael Hancock, Councilman Albus Brooks, Denver’s Road Home Executive Director Bennie Milliner, Mile High United Way President and CEO Christine Benero, and Jon Hart, a formerly homeless individual volunteering at PHC.
Interview and photo opportunities: Media outlets, please check in at the Media Check-In desk upon arriving. A volunteer will guide you to individuals who are willing to share their story. Bilingual volunteers will be also available. Possibilities include:
- A homeless person or family navigating various resources with a volunteer
- People looking for jobs and getting help writing resumes
- People receiving health checkups
- People receiving haircuts
- People sorting through clothes at the clothing bank
The latest Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Point in Time survey indicates that more than 12,000 people in the Denver metro area are homeless, with many more on the brink of becoming homeless. PHC 12 is coordinated by Denver’s Road Home, City and County of Denver, Mile High United Way and several community partners. It is sponsored by Delta Dental, Bank of America and Xerox.