Once again the Whatcom Literacy Council participated in Project Homeless Connect (PHC) on Friday, July 20th from 9 am to 4 pm at Bellingham High School. This exciting event is part of a national initiative launched by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), and is now implemented in well over 700 communities across the United States as well as Canada and Australia.
Bellingham/Whatcom Project Homeless Connect is a 1-day,1-stop event focused on mobilizing community volunteers and local service providers in order to:
- Invite and welcome people who are homeless
- Reduce barriers to service
- Provide immediate and service outcomes
- Create sustainable and long-term service partnerships
- Track and publicize results that connect to the Plan to End Homelessness
First adopted in 2007 as part of the Whatcom County Plan to End Homelessness, the project’s cornerstone is generous hospitality. Services available included everything from vision screenings to haircuts, voter registration to pet care. It was impressive to see all of the people and organizations who turned out to help.
Many of the people in the homeless community have challenges with literacy.
It is our hope that this type of outreach helps people know about our services, and how they can reach us if they want help.