On April 12, 2019 Crisis House in El Cajon will host their annual “Project Homeless Connect – East County”
Homelessness occurs across the United States in all major cities. Project Homeless Connect began in 2004 in San Francisco to support the national initiative to end chronic homelessness. Project Homeless Connect now occurs across the United States in all major cities. This event brings necessary services to the homeless men, women, and families in our community in one location, on one day. It is a comprehensive resource fair that provides the homeless with connections to housing, employment, haircuts, hygiene kits, DMV/California Identification, legal aid, clothing, mobile medical clinic, mental health counseling, pastoral care, addiction services, access to showers, pet sitting, and more. Crisis House hosts the East County event annually. Each year, more than 35 corporations, non-profit groups, congregations, and government agencies attend and 175 homeless people participate.
It is an excellent way to mobilize various agencies and volunteers to ensure that individuals with the limited ability and access to obtain services receive help immediately instead of the weeks or months it may otherwise take. We work hard so that our participants receive holistic care in a dignified setting.
The fight to end chronic homelessness is now more important than ever. On the night of January 27, 2017, as reported by the San Diego County Regional Task Force on Homelessness, the Point-in-Time-Count revealed a 62% increase in the number of individuals who are chronically homeless in San Diego County. In East County, 750 homeless persons were documented that night. Although the 2018 report is not finalized, we do know that the numbers have increased again in East County and County-wide.
This years event will be held at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon from 10am – 2pm.
Can we count on you? If you are interested in participating in this event please contact Allissa Torres at Alliss@crisishouse.org. or at 619-444-1194 ext. 305