Sep 19, 2017
More than 100 service providers and employers partner for annual free, one-day event benefiting the homeless
DENVER – Sept. 19, 2017 – More than 1300 people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless connected to hundreds of crucial resources today at Project Homeless Connect 2017 (PHC 2017). Now in its 11th year, the annual event connects families and individuals to more than 100 service providers, employers, recruiters, and resources. For people without a steady home, accessing simple necessities can take months and require multiple trips to locations across the metro area. PHC 2017 connects participants to services and resources directly on-site, saving them time and travel costs and giving volunteers the chance to contribute meaningfully to those experiencing homelessness in our community.
“Project Homeless Connect brings hundreds of individuals right to the crucial services they need to get back on their feet, and is an essential part of Denver’s commitment to supporting our must vulnerable residents,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Each year, participation from volunteers and community partners increases, demonstrating Denver’s commitment to finding long-term solutions and innovative ways to house the homeless.”
This year, Project Homeless Connect had more than 850 hundred community volunteers, many of whom paired up with a person or family experiencing homelessness to help them navigate through the variety of resources available at the Colorado Convention Center. Approximately 1300 people attended the event and connected to resources including employment services, medical check-ups, housing resources, clothing, dental care, and legal services. Employers who hosted a job fair at the event reported hiring at least 69 people
“Project Homeless Connect 2017 saw more volunteer participation than ever before, allowing those with houses and those without to connect on a personal level with one another,” said Interim Director of Denver’s Road Home Chris Conner. “Over the years it's these bonds that have provided some of the best scenery on the Road Home. Along with helping individuals and families find access to jobs, health, housing, or other resources we've also helped them meet someone in Denver who cares a lot."
PHC 2017 was coordinated by Denver’s Road Home, the City and County of Denver, Suncor, We Don’t Waste, Regis, and Mile High United Way, along with more than a hundred service providers and roughly 30 employers or recruiters. A full list of providers is attached to this release.
Since 2006, Project Homeless Connect has provided nearly 14,000 homeless individuals with services including medical care, legal and employment services, haircuts, benefit assistance and access to clothing.
Quotes from Attendees and Volunteers
“I thought [PHC 2017] was great and there were a ton of resources I didn’t expect to see. I thought the acupuncture was great — it’s something I’ve never had before and I’m glad I got the chance to experience it. The chiropractic services made me feel like I had a new back, too. I give the event a nine out of 10.”
“The whole experience was really great. Everyone was extremely helpful and everything was laid out well. I was working with a couple and had the chance to navigated a large variety of services to meet their needs. It was also a great opportunity to talk intimately to people and learn more about them and what they go through every day. I will definitely volunteer again next year.’
Project Homeless Connect 2017 Service Providers
About Denver’s Road Home
Denver’s Road Home is the city’s program to connect and coordinate services and housing resources for those living without homes. It was created by the mayor’s Denver Commission to End Homelessness in 2005. Denver’s Road Home promotes housing-first as a means to stability, overall improved health, self-reliance and accountability. The program aims to link thousands of homeless people and those at-risk of becoming homeless to housing, job training, mentoring, eviction assistance, mental and physical health resources, and case management services.