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 homelessness 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 Dental/Medical services
HIV Screen Voter Registration
Veterans Assistance Haircuts
Legal consultations, information & referrals

We match each participant with a volunteer “buddy” who remains with and helps the individual during the event. To date, we engaged more than 2,000 volunteers in our work. In one day, participants gain access to services that might otherwise take months.

Volunteer – sign up to become a United Way NCA volunteer at unitedwaynca.org/volunteersignup

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 phc@uwnca.org:

Reading glasses Blankets/duvet covers
Coats Underwear
Cell phones with minutes Beauty products
Caps Haircuts
Deodorant Gloves
Meals Scarves
Metro cards Shoes
Work clothes (suits, etc.) Bottled water/non-alcoholic drinks

Overjoyed by the friendship participant Andre Robinson had across the day he exclaimed, “Todd here has been, like a guardian angel.”

“This place has really just allowed me to connect with some places that I been trying to get to and just been too busy to get to,” Robinson said of the employment and hair-cutting services offered by 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.
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 are interested in providing services for a future Project Homeless Connect event, please email us at phc@uwnca.org.

  • 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. If your organization is interested in supporting Project Homeless Connect, please contact the United Way NCA Corporate Engagement Team at: CSR@uwnca.org.

 

Project Homeless Connect FAQs

  • How can I get involved as a volunteer?

    Sign up to become a United Way NCA volunteer at: unitedwaynca.org/volunteersignup

  • 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.