In 2004, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Department of Public Health created Project Homeless Connect (PHC) as a way to bring necessary services to people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. PHC uses a unique approach to service delivery to meet the needs of homeless San Franciscans.
In one day at a Project Homeless Connect event, a person experiencing homelessness can find services that would otherwise take months to secure. During each event, corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies provide participants with services through PHC. These services include dental care, eyeglasses, HIV testing, housing information, food, hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, SSI benefits, legal advice, California identification cards, voice mail accounts, employment counseling/job placement, wheelchair repair, addiction services, and more.
In 2012 PHC launched Every Day Connect, our daily in-office program. Every Day Connect is a program within PHC that builds on the success of our large-scale service events. Every Day Connect works to connect people experiencing homelessness with social and medical services and resource on a daily basis.
In response to the changing needs of the homeless and low-income population, PHC continues to expand our resources and events. Recently we have launched Family Connect, LGBTQ Connect, Shelter Connect and neighborhood based vision events.
By leveraging the power of thousands of Bay Area volunteers and hundreds of local nonprofits and government agencies, PHC truly represents a community response to a community problem.