Project Homeless Connect

Today from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., approximately 100 organizations will be at Pinnacle Bank Arena as part of Project Homeless Connect Lincoln.

The goal of the event is to provide a one-day, “one-stop-shop” for the many people who are homeless in Lincoln on any given day.

During the most recent citywide Point-In-Time count, 451 people who were homeless were identified in the Lincoln community. This is a decrease of over 25% from the previous year.

Last year, 377 people who were homeless or at-risk were served at Project Homeless Connect. The event has been combined with the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s Stand Down event. “Stand Down” is a military term meaning soldiers are removed from the field of combat to receive rest and rehabilitation.

Individuals and families attending the event will be able to access a wide variety of immediate, on-site services to meet their needs.

Medical and behavioral health professionals will be available to provide medical, dental, mental health, and substance abuse services. Local agencies will provide assistance with services such as housing and social services applications, legal issues, education, crisis intervention, and basic needs. Pet care and basic car repair will also be provided. 

A special area will provide assistance to veterans in accessing benefits specifically for people who have served in the military.

Each event guest will be paired with a volunteer Navigator when they arrive and offered a meal. The Navigator will talk with the person about their individual needs and guide them through the multiple service booths. This personal approach can minimize barriers for guests in accessing the services they needed most.

Corporate and community partners also play a central role in the event each year. 2018 corporate partners include Fiserv, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County, Ayars & Ayars, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, Lincoln Community Foundation, Pinnacle Bank Arena, and Raymond United Methodist Church.

Project Homeless Connect Lincoln is a unique opportunity for agencies, businesses, government, churches, schools, and volunteers to come together to offer support and resources for people who are homeless. More information about the event and homelessness in Lincoln is available at www.lincolnhomelesscoalition.org

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