PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT
PROJECT CONNECT GOES NATIONAL
Miami, Chicago, Knoxville, Denver, St. Louis, Atlanta, San Diego,
Portland, San Jose, West Hollywood, Philadelphia, San Juan, San
Francisco, Indianapolis, Quincy, Pasadena and Chattanooga.
December 8, 2005
San Francisco's Project Homelessness Connect goes national December
8, as the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
inaugurates National Project Homeless Connect Day.
Participating cities include Miami, Chicago, Knoxville, Denver,
St. Louis, Atlanta, San Diego, Portland, San Jose, West Hollywood,
Philadelphia, San Juan, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Quincy, Pasadena
Volunteers, civic leaders and business organizations will join
with social service agencies, non-profits, and faith-based entities
to create for homeless citizens a single point of engagement and
entry to local services, housing and support.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom founded Project Homelessness
Connect in October 2004.
"National Project Homeless Connect Day is an innovative
opportunity to fuse political and social will to generate visible
and quantifiable change on your streets and in your neighborhoods,"
explained United States Interagency Council on Homelessness executive
director Philip Mangano.
In October 2004, 278 volunteers engaged in a survey of the San
Francisco downtown homeless population, which consists of a 60-square
block area in the Tenderloin District where 85% of the City's
social services currently exist.
One year later, San Francisco enlists over 2000 volunteers every
other month to engage with the homeless and connect them to vital
To date, over 10,000 San Franciscans have participated in this
innovative program, Project Connect spokespersons reported.
Some 1,320 clients were served in Project Connect 7, according
to compiled statistics:
- Total clients served: 1,320
- Total clients seen at Medical: 285
- Behavioral Health (Detox, maintenance, substance abuse residential
treatment and mental health): 161
- Vision Care / Glasses: 200
- Benefits Support / Counseling: 230
- Employment Services: 58
- Legal: 232
- Massages: 55
- Foot Washing: 78
- Wheelchair Repair / Replacement: 11
- Free Phone calls: 436
- Housing Information/Referral: 267
- 137 who were sleeping on the street at the beginning of Project
7 were inside on the next night -- 117 in shelters, 20 in stabilization
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Turning faith to works means
cookies and blankets
By Pat Murphy
Saturday, August 6, 2005
Most of the 1,400 Project Homeless Connect volunteers last week
had years of catching up to do with Stefan Lyon, who stood waist
high to most.
The nine-year-old already had become his own institution by passing
out cookies and blankets to homeless children since February 2003.
And raised not pintsize funding for child social services.
Pulling a little red wagon, built high with what used to be his
crib, Lyon maneuvers city streets to soothe homeless children
with what Lyon thinks they need most: cookies and blankets.
Lyon reached his conclusion on the day national mindset changed
-- September 11, 2001, day of the New York Twin Towers bombings.
"Mom, what about the children?" Lyon asked his mother,
Denise Lyon, she recalled.
"Well, what do they need?" mother Lyon returned.
"Cookies and blankets," came prescient response, as
young Lyon embraced his still continuing avocation.
The cookies were homemade, and blankets home stitched, with fleece
material sold at $3.00 a yard by a friendly merchant.
He set a goal of raising $100 during Lent 2003 to bolster his
school mission program which supports children living in poverty,
and set the task by selling cookies from his wagon.
In addition to garnering wide eyed adult approval, Lyon surpassed
his goal by tallying $2005.00 in cookie sales.
One thousand dollars will build a school, named after Stefan Lyon,
in Tamale, Guana.
Remainder of young Lyon net worth purchased art supplies for homeless
children living in San Francisco's Hamilton School.
During the course of Lyon's undertaking, he caught the eye of
another helpful hand who went on to formulate his own avocation
for helping the homeless.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
surrenders his chair to the boy who turned faith to works.
Photo by DENISE LYON
Last Thursday, Newsom and Lyon watched 1,400 others find their
vehicle for helping the homeless at the sixth Project Homeless
Connect street outreach.
As the day ended, 1,133 clients had been triaged to city services,
125 slept inside of which 94 were placed in stabilization units,
243 had been treated by doctors, and 308 free telephone calls
were made to 15 states.
Community minded cab company & drivers
Saturday, August 6, 2005
Luxor cab donated a fleet of ten cabs last week for free transportation
of homeless persons to Project Homeless Connect, the only San
Francisco cab company to do so.
Smiles were broad among drivers, who also gave freely of their
Luxor cab donated a fleet of ten cabs last week
for free transportation of homeless persons
to Project Homeless Connect,
the only San Francisco cab company to do so.
Luxor Cab chieftain John Lazar reports he didn't hesitate to help.
Luxor participation was organized by Lazar's son and new company
man, Jonathan Lazar.
Riding public may reach Lazar Cab service at (415) 282-4141.
Clients feared danger, resented discharge back to streets
Successful pilot program leads to
shelter 24-hour accessibility, increased security
NEWLY REFURBISHED Episcopal Sanctuary
eradicated bed bug infestation with metal framed bunking.
By Pat Murphy
Thursday, June 30, 2005
The city yesterday addressed two complaints most often keeping
the homeless out of shelters: security and lack of 24-hour access.
Beginning July 1, enhanced security and all day access becomes
policy at San Francisco's three largest shelters, Mayor Gavin
Decision to include funding for service expansion in the 2005-2006
city budget stems from a successful pilot program, Newsom said,
which showed, rather than resenting additional security personnel,
clients approved and patronage did not drop.
Cost is $186,000 for added security, and $100,000 to keep shelters
open 24-hours daily, at each of the shelters.
UBIQUITOUS FRANK CHIU -
tireless clarion of 12 Galaxies threat to all creation,
poses bunk comfort for world assurance.
Cypress Security, which is trained in conflict resolution and
currently serves other Department of Human Services sites, will
post security staff from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Episcopal
Sanctuary, MSC-South, and Next Door shelters.
"This initiative addresses the concerns of many homeless
individuals who are reluctant to utilize our shelter program due
to fear for their personal safety or having their personal belongings
stolen," said Newsom.
"Additionally with the 24-hour access, shelter clients can
benefit from having a more structured day allowing them time to
participant in more support programs to help them on the road
to self-sufficiency," continued the Mayor.
All day access will give homeless individuals access to beds,
showers, and laundry facilities.
"Providing security for the shelters will also allow staff
members to better enforce health and safety compliance by being
able to monitor what items are being brought into the shelters.
The presence of security will also provide shelter clients with
greater safekeeping of their personal affects and belongings."
Newsom also reported A Man's Place shelter will be closed, due
to building owner decision.
The city currently spends $136 million on homeless services, the
Project Homeless Connect V volunteers top 2,000
Supervisor Fiona Ma assists Viet Nam veteran
Thero Wheeler, with same-day eyeglass service
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
Friday, June 3, 2005
Mayor Newsom and 2000 committed volunteers today took over the
Bill Graham Auditorium and the streets of San Francisco as part
of the mayors continuous homeless outreach effort, Project
Newsoms innovative approach and designated National Best
Practice continues to prove to be an effective way to connect
the citys most vulnerable population to the services and
programs they need on the road to self-sufficiency.
Project Homeless Connect also reinforces the mayors commitment
to the Citys Housing First policy in providing
more permanent supportive housing opportunities and increasing
the number of placements coming directly from the street.
Ending chronic homeless in San Francisco no longer has to
be considered a dream deferred but more a reality with the continued
public/private partnerships and volunteerism that we have witnessed
here today, stated Newsom. The Citys commitment to
housing first and providing the necessary and essential
support services present a real solution to the crisis of homelessness.
Today people from all over the globe have come to San Francisco
to observe what I would call a true example of humanitarianism
at work, continued the Mayor.
The bi-monthly event allows outreach workers and volunteers to
connect homeless individuals to essential and support services
which include enlisting in the County Adult Assistance Program
(CAAP) and Social Security Income (SSI) Advocacy. Homeless individuals
are provided stations for employment counseling, veterans
services, foot care, methadone treatment, food stamps and domestic
violence counseling. Other services available include Clinical
Centers-with doctors, nurses and mental health workers-and Legal
Counseling Centers with legal professionals- all providing pro-bono
supportive services. Individuals could also visit the on-site
vision care unit provided by Lenscrafters which filled same-day
prescriptions for individuals needing glasses.
Since its inception, the Citys Project Homeless Connect
event has fostered an unprecedented spirit of involvement from
everyday individuals, community and faith-based groups, public
figures and corporations wanting to do whatever possible to help
conquer homelessness in our city and across the globe.
Corporations like Deloitte and Touche committed 1,2000 volunteers
to aid in todays outreach effort as well as participate
in the Market Street Beautification Project that will help clean
the downtown area and rid many of the buildings from unsightly
graffiti. This volunteer mobilization is a result of Deloittes
annual world-wide Volunteer Impact Day, which is the
world largest volunteer project.
Phil Mangano, Executive Director of the White House Interagency
Council on Homelessness, State Senator Jackie Speier of California
and Angela Alioto, of the Mayors Ten Year Planning Council
on Homelessness were also present today to experience first hand
the impact of the outreach effort.
With Mayors and other dignitaries visiting the city as part of
the United Nations World Environment celebration, the cause
of homelessness and the success of Project Homeless Connect will
certainly receive both national and worldwide attention.
Although many city employees are still involved in the
outreach event, the success of Project Homeless Connect today
is a result of the compassion and resolve of dedicated volunteers
and charitable agencies such as AAA, Kaiser, Sprint, Starbucks,
KFOG and Safeway, to name a few, who have also taken up the challenge
to end chronic in San Francisco, Newsom reflected.
Every time we do this it becomes more and more a real possibility
that San Francisco again leading by example, will show the nation
and the world that ending chronic homelessness can be a reality.
It is dedication like this that changes lives and ultimately changes
the world, continued the Mayor.
For more information and how you may volunteer,
please visit www.projecthomelessconnect.com.