PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT ANNOUNCEMENT

On Wednesday June 12, 2019, the organizers of Skagit Project Homeless Connect (PHC) announced that after nine years, the event is transforming. Instead of a one-day event previously scheduled for Aug. 24 at Skagit Valley College, PHC will move to coincide with the Point-in-Time Homeless Count (PIT), which typically is conducted in the last full week of January. A joint planning meeting of PHC and the Skagit Coalition to End Homelessness will take place 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Weds., July 10, at the Early Learner’s Conference Room, 320 Pacific Place, Mount Vernon.

The event will look differently, said Elizabeth Jennings, Community Engagement Manager for Community Action of Skagit County and a member of the PHC Steering Committee.  “Instead of a single big event where 300-450 guests come to one place, we’re going to them,” she said. With smaller magnet events in many towns in Skagit County, there won’t be as many services all in one place, but the information, referral and special pop-up services will more accessible for many guests. Since 2010, Skagit PHC has served over 3,000 individuals, and engaged 2,500 volunteers and service providers.

Jennings said the goals of PHC remain the same.  “From the start, PHC was a national model, creating a welcoming space for people experiencing challenges to feel hospitality and get immediate services,” said Jennings. “Volunteers and community groups are the heart of the effort, and we’re excited to involve those groups in January – and other opportunities to serve year-round.” 


WELCOME!

The mission of Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is to provide a single location where Health and Social Service Providers collaborate to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness or that are at-risk of becoming homelessness with comprehensive, holistic, and immediate services. PHC is open to all families and individuals looking to overcome their barriers to stable housing. In past years popular services have included: haircuts, photo ID's, dental care, veterinary care, housing services, clothing, and wonderful lunch. 

Skagit Project Homeless Connect would not be possible without the support of dedicated community volunteers that help plan and staff the event. Last year, 60 community groups, nonprofits, and health & government organizations came together to connect 377 guests representing households that include 975 individuals (576 adults & 399 youth) to services in Skagit County.


GOALS
                                        
        1.  Improve access to services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Skagit County.
        2.  Engage with and maintain an active, involved volunteer base that consists of local businesses, non-profits, and individual   
             community members all working together to end homelessness.
        3.  Improve the system of care through collaboration and the sharing of best practices among Skagit County's service provider   
             community. 
        4.  Partner with the private sector, corporations, and foundations to expand service capacity and funds.
        5.  Increase understanding and empathy for people experiencing poverty and homelessness.

VALUES
  • Hospitality: We treat people as guests
  • Immediacy: We provide same-day results for our guests
  • Community: We encourage and support voluntary civic engagement
  • Partnership: We work across agencies and sectors
  • Excellence: We perform rigorous evaluation and strive for improvement of each event
                  
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