ABOUT PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT KC

WHAT IS PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT KC?

Project Homeless Connect is a free event that connects homeless individuals and families with the vital services and care they need to move their lives forward, all on one day and in one place. Project Homeless Connect events have been held in more than 260 cities, and the model has been adopted nationally as a best practice for cities addressing homelessness.

PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT KANSAS CITY

Our 2017 event hopes to bring homeless individuals and families in Kansas City the care and services they need to move their lives forward with the help and collaboration of community volunteers and agencies.

Snapshot of Homelessness in Kansas City
A January 2016 Point-In-Time Survey revealed that homelessness affects:
- More than 1,700 individuals in the greater Kansas City area
- More than 400 of those individuals are children under the age of 18
- More than 800 are veterans, or victims of domestic violence
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HISTORY OF PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT KANSAS CITY

For the past two years, Project Homeless Connect KC has served over 765 homeless individuals and families in the Kansas City metro area.

PHCKC 2016 RESULTS

  • 169 guests received housing assistance information
  • 152 medical services provided
  • 123 vision services provided
    • 56 pairs of glasses prescribed and made
    • 35 guests provided readers on-site
  • 55 guests received behavioral health services
  • 55 guests received legal services
  • 43 portraits taken
  • 42 guests received dental services
  • 30 SNAP (food stamp) applications received
  • 29 birth certificates issued
  • 17 Medicaid applications
  • An array of veteran services for 6 individuals
  • $1,571.90 library fees waived
  • Haircuts and styling for many individuals

PHCKC 2015 RESULTS

  • 113 participants received vision testing
    • 64 received new prescription glasses
  • 100+ participants received housing assistance information
  • 16 SNAP (food stamp) applications
  • 6 dogs given rabies vaccines
  • 18 State IDs
  • 38 Birth Certificates
  • 48 participants qualified for free cell phone plans
  • 72 participants received behavioral and medical health services
  • 11 individuals received a variety of Veteran services
  • Haircuts and styling for many individuals
  • Job assistance services many in need

PHCKC 2014 RESULTS

•    94 medical and health services
•    51 birth certificates
•    13 Missouri state IDs
•    30 SNAP (food stamp) applications
•    24 domestic violence victims serviced
•    House and job assistance services for dozens of families and individuals
•    An array of veteran services for 12 individuals
•    Child care for 12 children

Project Homeless Connect Kansas City 2017
September 12, 2017
Gregg/Klice Community Center

Following the success of the 2016 event, the goals for 2017 include:
  • Improve access to services for a minimum of 300 Kansas City homeless participants on both sides of the state line
  • Improve the system of care through collaboration and the sharing of best practices among Kansas City’s homeless service provider community
  • Partner with the private sector, corporations and foundations to expand service capacity and funds.
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