Project Homeless Connect
The Project Homeless Connect (PHC) Workgroup is charged with planning and implementing Project Homeless Connect events within the Balance of State Continuum of Care. The PHC Workgroup consists of GCEH members along with non-members from the local community in which the event is planned. The workgroup's goal is to plan and hold one PHC event in a different community in the Balance of State each year. Each community that is selected for a Balance of State PHC event is provided with guidance, necessary documents and tools to independently continue planning events in the following years.
PHC provides the services necessary to start the transition process from the street to housing. This event is designed after the national model that originated in San Francisco to provide a single access point for homeless individuals and families to receive assistance, resources, and services including, but not limited to: access to shelter/housing, access to obtaining an ID, food and clothing donations, access to benefits, and medical check-ups.
The event provides services to homeless individuals and families, while at the same time serves as a way to generate public awareness of the needs of homeless individuals and families in the community.
The GCEH has sponsored the following PHC events:
2009 - Columbia/Boone County
2010 - Branson/Taney County
2011 - Sedalia/Pettis County
2012 - Cape Girardeau/Cape Girardeau County
2013 - Kirksville/Adair County
2014 - Kennett/Dunklin County
2015 - Hannibal/Marion County
2016 - West Plains/Howell County