Project Homeless Connect in the Flathead

Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is an international movement to end homelessness, which began in San Francisco in 2004. The model has since been replicated in over 200 cities across the nation, including Missoula, Billings, Great Falls, Bozeman and Helena. The PHC event gathers as many community homeless support and preventative resources under one roof, for one day, in order that the homeless may gain immediate access to, and knowledge of, these resources. The result is the alleviation of homelessness in the community. A PHC also brings in quality of life resources that the homeless may not have access to, such as health care, massages, podiatry, wheel chair and bike repair, as well as distribution of gifts in kind.

Across the country, Project Homeless Connect events extend a welcome to a group of people marginalized in every society where they exist. A key to making the event successful is to make the services directly accessible and the results immediate. In the best models, applicants can walk in, get a photo ID, a food stamps card, be seen by a doctor, etc. We are doing our best to fulfill the promise of immediacy.

Project Homeless Connect Flathead Valley will be held on June 9th, 2010 from 9am – 4pm at the Samaritan House Administration Building (the old armory, 1110 2nd St West in Kalispell). In order for our PHC to be a success, we will need the support of the entire community, from volunteers and nonprofits, to businesses in the private sector.

If you would like to volunteer, if you have time, goods, or monetary donations, please contact Liz Stovall at Community Action Partnership. Call 758-5445 or email estovall@kalhrdc.mt.gov.

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