More than 175 homeless people are expected to attend an event at the Alton Salvation Army on Wednesday, January 30. Beginning at 10am, the Madison County Continuum of Care will conduct its fourth annual Project Homeless Connect event. The project is designed to engage the public in developing innovative solutions to homelessness.
First launched on a nationwide basis in October 2004 in San Francisco, Project Homeless Connect links homeless people to services that may include medical treatment, substance abuse and mental health counseling, legal services, employment assistance, and other social services. David Harrison, Continuum of Care Coordinator for Madison County, says these services are coordinated in a centralized location with the ultimate goal of housing and self-sufficiency.
Services will include the distribution of food, beverages and clothing. Participating agencies will also provide medical exams, and legal services. Anyone who is homeless can attend this event. This includes those who are living on the streets, sleeping in cars, or staying with friends, relatives, or in shelters.