Frequently Asked Questions about Project Homeless Connect Lincoln
What is Project Homeless Connect Lincoln?
Project Homeless Connect Lincoln is a one-day, one-stop event where individuals and families who are homeless are able to receive a wide variety of immediate, on-site services and support for unmet needs.
What services are provided at the event?
Medical and behavioral health professionals are available to provide medical, dental, mental health, and substance abuse services. Other organizations provide assistance with needs such as housing and social services applications, legal issues, and personal care. Additional service providers have staff available to provide information and assist guests in accessing off-site services such as education, crisis intervention, and basic needs.
What is the scope of homelessness in Lincoln?
Information on the most recent Point in Time count in Lincoln and other data on homelessness in our community can be found on our Reports & Publications page.
What is the goal of Project Homeless Connect?
The goal is for businesses, service agencies, government, schools, churches and all factions of a society come together to address the needs of individuals and families who are homeless. In addition to helping people experiencing homelessness, there are the side effects of engaging volunteers from the community in the event and increasing awareness in the community of homelessness and the needs of the people who are often unseen.
Who is sponsoring Project Homeless Connect Lincoln?
The event is sponsored by the Lincoln Homeless Coalition. Community agencies, businesses, and individuals dedicated to addressing the needs of people who are homeless in the Lincoln area have dedicated time and resources to support the event.
What is the history of Project Homeless Connect?
Project Homeless Connect is an innovative model to address the needs of people who are homeless in cities all across the United States, Canada and Australia. The event concept began in San Francisco in 2004 and has been held in over 220 communities including Omaha. The first Project Homeless Connect Lincoln event was held in 2009. The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has identified Project Homeless Connect as a model that can assist people in moving more quickly toward housing and stability.