Project Homeless Connect is fundamentally altering the way we address homelessness in Santa Cruz County.
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|A Brief History of Project Homeless Connect (PHC)
Project Homeless Connect originated in San Francisco in 2004 when Mayor Gavin Newsome challenged his county workers to create a better system of care for the homeless community. The one-day service model they created proved extremely effective and since its inception Project Homeless Connect has spread to more than 220 cities in 3 different countries. Widespread foreclosures, the demands of returning veterans, and the reduction of federal funding for affordable housing are creating constant challenges in a declining economy. Recognizing the changing demographics of our homeless population, local service providers understood the need for increased outreach and accessibility of services.
Services at Project Homeless Connect
In order to provide an integrated system of care, Project Homeless Connect focuses on each aspect of homelessness, providing everything from California identification and disability benefits to clean socks and a warm meal. Hundreds of individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies provide PHC and its clients with services such as dental care, eyeglasses, family support, food, HIV testing, housing, hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, SSI benefits, legal advice, California identification cards, voice mail, employment counseling, job placement, wheelchair repair, veterinary services, and more.
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PHC in Santa Cruz County
Widespread foreclosures, the demands of returning veterans, and the reduction of federal funding for affordable housing are creating constant challenges in a declining economy. While the overall number of homeless in Santa Cruz County is decreasing, the number of families and individuals experiencing homelessness for the first time is increasing. These individuals are unfamiliar with the services the community has to offer and they are ashamed of their need. Recognizing the changing demographics of our homeless population, local service providers understood the need for increased outreach and accessibility of services.
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