Project Homeless Connect

The mission of Project Homeless Connect is to build community, shift mindsets around homelessness through personal experience and connection, and provide critical resources to individuals experiencing homeless in an easy to access environment.

Project Homeless Connect puts essential services under one roof at the area’s largest resource fair for those experiencing homelessness. By eliminating barriers that keep them from breaking free of the cycle of homelessness, they’re winning.

United Way NCA brings together local providers to deliver medical services, housing assessments, employment services and much more to over 1,500 participants to date. Services that are provided to our participants include:

  • Access to vital records
  • Employment Services
  • Housing Information
  • Legal consultations, information and referrals
  • Dental/Medical services
  • HIV Screen
  • Voter Registration
  • Veterans Assistance
  • Haircuts
  • And much more!

We match each participant with a volunteer “buddy” who remains with and helps the individual during the event. In 2018, we engaged more than 481 volunteers in our work. In one day, participants gain access to services that might otherwise take months.

Project Homeless Connect 2018 was Thursday, September 20.


Overflowing with excitement, Daniel told us, “This is a place where people actually care for one another. It’s something I’ve never seen in my life. Everyone needs to be connected to this.“When I woke up this morning, I had no direction or guidance in my life. Now, I feel I’m exactly where I needed to be.”

Sometimes a single event can lead to homelessness. United Way NCA is joining the fight against homelessness with Project Homeless Connect, an annual one-day, one stop service fair for individuals in the District of Columbia. Together, we’re providing individuals experiencing homelessness with medical care, employment services, housing assistance and other needed resources.
Dr. Howard Osterman has been bringing his entire office to provide podiatry services for participants at Project Homeless Connect each year.
“It’s my staff’s favorite day of the year…it’s a very well run event that is very helpful to the people that they serve.” -Dr. Howard Osterman

If you interested in providing services a future Project Homeless Connect event, please email us at

Volunteer – sign up to become a United Way NCA volunteer at

Create a company-wide day of service for Project Homeless Connect 2019:

Contact: Torrance Hucks, Volunteer Manager

Donate – We also welcome donations for the event! If you would like to donate any of the following items, please contact

  • Reading glasses
  • Coats
  • Underwear
  • Caps
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Work clothes – suits, etc.
  • Shoes
  • Blankets/duvet covers
  • Cell phones with minutes
  • Beauty products
  • Deodorant
  • Meals
  • Bottled water/other non-alcoholic drinks
  • Metro cards
  • Central Union Mission
  • Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals
  • Friendship Place
  • DC Department of Employment Services
  • DC Department of Human Services
  • DC Public Library
  • People for Fairness Coalition
  • The Salvation Army
  • So Others Might Eat (SOME)
  • United States Veterans Initiative

Project Homeless Connect Has been Made Possible with the Generous Support of our Sponsors



Donations of Supplies & Food Help Make Project Homeless Connect a Great Success

Thank you to these in-kind donors:



KIND Bars – Quantity TBD
Bombas 5,000 Pairs of Socks
Au Bon Pain 250 Breakfast Pastries
Corner Bakery 360 Breakfast Bites
Synchrony Financial 500 hygiene kits and $5,000 Check
Deloitte Hygiene Kits
Wegmans Gift Card – $2000 Value
Giant Water, Apples, and Banana
Capital Area Food Bank 300 Bottles of Water
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington 2,000 Coats & Shoes
Enterprise 5 Vans
Delivering Good Socks- Donated, Underwear – Pending
Anthem (Amerigroup) $10,000 for kits = 286 PHC kits and 100 Female Hygiene Kits
Friendship Place Underwear
Pepsico 20 cases of Bubly Sparkling Water
Feed It Forward Bagged lunches

Project Homeless Connect FAQs

  • How can I get involved as a volunteer?

    Sign up to become a United Way NCA volunteer at:

  • Will I receive training?

    Yes! Through webinars, conference calls and other connection points with our staff we ensure that volunteers know what to expect and are prepared for the day.

  • What’s the commitment to participate?

    Volunteers can make a big impact in a 2-3 hour shift or spend the whole day with us!

  • How often does this event happen?

    Project Homeless Connect occurs annually in Washington, DC.