Each year, Project Connect offers a free one-day, one-stop services fair for individuals and families who may be homeless, face the imminent risk of homelessness, or need access to community services. This month, Project Connect will take place at three different sites – one in each part of the county – to better reach more Kitsap residents.
Events are scheduled:
Last year, about 450 local, low-income and homeless residents attended the three Project Connect events. Over 50 organizations provided services including housing referrals, immunizations, eye exams, health screenings, rabies shots, sleeping bags, coats, haircuts, and more. Each of the three 2019 Project Connect sites will have slightly different vendors, tailoring offerings to what is available to residents in that geographic area. A hot lunch will be provided at each of the sites.
Project Connect is held in conjunction with the annual Point-in-Time Count survey of people experiencing homelessness, conducted by the Kitsap County Department of Human Services. Guests at Project Connect are asked to participate in the survey, which helps local and state leaders better understand community needs and homelessness trends. The results also influence state and local funding decisions.
Project Connect is coordinated by the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition, a network which includes homeless and affordable housing service providers as well as organizations serving homeless and low-income residents of our community.
For more information on Project Connect and available homeless and housing resources, please go to the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition website at www.KitsapHHC.org. To print the Project Connect flyer, click here.
Additional statistics and information about past Point-in-Time Counts and homelessness in Kitsap is available at https://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/HH-Reports-and-Data.aspx.
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