Project Homeless Connect draws 1,200 volunteers
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
February 17, 2006
Mayor Gavin Newsom and over 1,200 committed volunteers convened
again yesterday at the Bill Graham Auditorium to take part in
Project Homeless Connect (PHC) IX. Newsom's widely successful
outreach program and national best practice continues to gain
momentum as the country's model for addressing urban chronic homelessness.
PHC was observed nationwide last December 8th with 31 cities
across the nation participating. In a single day, more than 6,000
homeless individuals across the country were linked to essential
services they need toward becoming self-sufficient.
"It's the dedication and compassion of San Franciscans and
volunteers throughout the Bay Area and across the country's that
continue to drive the success of this remarkable outreach effort,"
said Mayor Newsom.
In addition, through our public-private partnerships we continue
to play an invaluable role in enhancing the quality of life for
many of the city's homeless residents. Through our PHC efforts
we help turn lives around," continued the Mayor.
Greater public-private involvement continues to play an important
role in linking clients to essential services they need toward
Salesforce.Com has created a web-based data management system
built especially for PHC clients that will serve as a comprehensive
data bank that will assist city agencies to help identify and
provide the necessary support services clients may require.
The McKesson Corporation in its commitment to empowering healthcare
for all people has pledge 1000 medical supplies to aid in the
homeless outreach effort.
The Department of Motor Vehicles were also on hand to issue more
than 300 State of California personal I.D. Cards funded by PHC
Over one hundred-twenty-five corporations provided services during
Project Homeless Connect including Lenscrafters, Nextel, Luxor
Cab, FED-EX, Safeway Stores, Webcor Builders, SBC, Starbucks,
Kinko's, AAA, Luxor Cab Company and Walgreens to name a few.
Due to their extraordinary commitment and service to Project
Homeless Connect, Mayor Newsom honored Lenscrafters with a special
proclamation making it "Give the Gift of Sight Day"
in San Francisco. Lencrafters in
partnership with San Francisco General has been instrumental in
proving homeless clients with much needed vision care and offering
same-day prescription services.
More than 1, 542 clients received services in San Francisco during
the December 8th nation-wide observance. This was the highest
single day total to date of clients being linked to essential
city services. More than 15,000
volunteers have participated in PHC to date.
Project Homeless Connect X will take place on April 13, 2006.
For more information and how you may volunteer, please visit www.projecthomelessconnect.com.