Project Homeless Connect to be held September 20, 2008 at the Calgary Municipal Building

September 20, 2008

CALGARY, Alberta (September 18, 2008) – The Calgary Homeless Foundation will host its second Project Homeless Connect (PHC) on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Calgary Municipal Building. Project Homeless Connect brings together more than fifty local service agencies and organizations to provide “one-stop” direct services to homeless or near-homeless individuals and families.

 

“Access to services, supports, and the housing necessary to end homelessness is one of the largest challenges people face,” says Tim Richter, President and CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, “Project Homeless Connect makes it possible to find out what is available to them, and access services relevant to ending their own homelessness.”

 

On September 20, 2008, participants will have on-site access to services including housing, medical treatment, counselling, obtaining new identification documents, access to income support, employment opportunities, and comfort kits containing personal items, meals, clothing and much more.

 

Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer, a leading law firm in Calgary and long time supporter of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, has generously provided sponsorship for September’s PHC. Initial funding for Project Homeless Connect was provided through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

 

The first Calgary PHC held April 26, 2008, generated overwhelmingly positive results. More than 650 homeless or near homeless individuals received services and support at the event, including 77 receiving medical care, 80 haircuts, five individuals were found housing, and more than 315 people received support to replace lost or stolen identification. More than 100 volunteers and 50 agencies provided support at the first event.