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 our homeless neighbors. 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 1,000 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 GUIDE who remains with and helps the individual during the event. In 2017, we engaged more than 300 volunteers, 28 translators and over 20 schools and companies in our work. In one day, participants gain access to services that might otherwise take months.

Save the date for Project Homeless Connect 2018: Thursday, September 20 at the D.C. Armory.

Sign Up to Attend Project Homeless Connect and Receive Valuable Services to Help You!

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.”

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  • 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

Become a Provider for Project Homeless Connect

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. This year, we’re expecting more than 800 participants throughout the day.
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 at Project Homeless Connect on September 20, 2018 from 10am-4pm, please complete this form so United Way NCA can best support your event needs.All organizations registering to provide services are required to attend for the entire 6 hours. If you have any questions about Project Homeless Connect, please email us at

Sign up to become a Provider


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

Create a company-wide day of service for Project Homeless Connect 2018:

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

Project Homeless Connect is made possible by the generous support of these sponsors:



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.