Project Homeless Connect – Downtown San Diego Serves 905 San Diegans Experiencing Homelessness
SAN DIEGO, CA – Finding work and a place to call home for herself and her two children was the focus today for Juana, one of the 905 San Diegans experiencing homelessness who were served at the 13th Project Homeless Connect – Downtown San Diego.
“Emotionally, the kids are changing. My kids complain about moving all the time,” said Juana, who has a 12-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. “A therapist recommended me and my kids need medication. No, my kids need a home. I need to work. That is therapy for me.”
Project Homeless Connect is a one-day resource fair that provides access to a variety of services for San Diegans experiencing homelessness like Juana—who has alternated between living in a shelter and on the streets for the past year after becoming homeless because of domestic violence.
“It’s a safe, inviting place with one goal—helping people,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, who visited with attendees, service providers and volunteers at today’s event. “This represents the best of our community coming together. It’s a lot of work to do. In San Diego, we really are pushing the envelope of more housing, more services, and taking bold leadership action to help people, to get people off the streets. That’s what Project Homeless Connect is all about.”
Approximately 140 volunteers assisted attendees at the event, which included approximately 100 service provider booths.
“Project Homeless Connect is an important, critical annual event where we bring our unsheltered residents together with the organizations to provide the services they need. I want to thank the hundred service providers that are here today, as well as all of the volunteers and all San Diegans who donated time and resources to make this event happen,” said Council President Georgette Gómez, Honorary Co-Chair of this year’s Project Homeless Connect.
This is the ninth consecutive time that the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) served as the event’s lead organizer, with major organizing partners the City of San Diego, Interfaith Shelter Network, Family Health Centers of San Diego, and Father Joe’s Villages.
“It truly is a one-stop shop. If you need eye exams, dental screenings, health care, behavioral health or mental health care, if you need that housing connection opportunity, if you need pet care, additional services—it’s all here under one roof,” said Councilmember Chris Ward, Honorary Co-Chair of this year’s Project Homeless Connect.