Contact: Bill Cantin
The City of Columbia and the Columbia/Boone County Basic Needs Coalition are pleased to announce that the next Project Homeless Connect event will be held this Thursday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St. Community volunteers will partner with city government, non-profits and the private sector to provide a single access point of health and human services for homeless individuals and families. Services include medical, mental health, substance abuse, housing, dental, legal, free eyeglasses, ID, food, clothing, and much more. According to the Summer 2013 Point in Time count conducted in July 2013, a total of 439 individuals were identified as homeless in Boone County.
Project Homeless Connect is a national best practice model that originated in San Francisco. According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, more than 170 communities throughout the United States have adopted this model and hold Project Homeless Connect events. Project Homeless Connect breaks the myth that people who do not seek assistance and services would simply prefer to be on the street. The data proves that when people are approached in a respectful and kind manner, and with available and appropriate resources, they eagerly accept assistance towards self-sufficiency. Project Homeless Connect events are designed to provide results, not simply referrals, to homeless individuals and families.
For more information, please contact Bill Cantin at 573.874.7248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.