Project Homeless Connect is a national initiative of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. This will be the seventh annual Project Homeless Connect event that the Greater Bridgeport Area Continuum of Care has sponsored. The event is a day-long opportunity for our homeless and unstably housed community members to receive the community and social services they need. Providers of housing, mental health, legal, employment, and medical services will come together with homeless individuals to address their needs in a ‘one-stop shopping’ atmosphere. Last year, Bridgeport’s Project Homeless Connect event served more than 300 individuals and families. This year, the project hopes to at least that amount and likely will as the event becomes more popular with each year.
The mission of Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is to provide a single location with comprehensive health and human services, one day/year for homeless individuals in the Greater Bridgeport Area. During PHC events, participants are able to accomplish in one day what might normally take many months. The event is a day-long opportunity for homeless people to receive the community and social services they need. Hosted by the Greater Bridgeport Area Continuum of Care for the seventh year, the event has served a total of 1,850 individuals.
An estimated 500 people are homeless on any given night in the Bridgeport area. Poverty, foreclosures, the demands of returning veterans and the lack of affordable, supportive housing create constant challenges in a declining economy. The federal government’s Interagency Council on Homelessness has declared Project Homeless Connect a national best practice model. PHC is replicated in over 260 cities across the United States, as well as Canada and Australia.