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Greater Danbury Continuum of Care, City of Danbury’s Housing Partnership to Host 7th Annual Project Homeless Connect

By United Way of Western Connecticut

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DANBURY, CT - The Greater Danbury Continuum of Care, in conjunction with the City of Danbury’s Housing Partnership, will host its 7th Annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) on Friday, December 13, 2013. The event will be held at Western Connecticut State University, in the Bill Williams Gymnasium on Osborne Street, Danbury, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

PHC is intended to change how business is done in local communities when it comes to expediting outcomes, lowering barriers, removing obstacles, and increasing results for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Public and private sector resource providers work side-by-side with a focus on problem-solving and results.

The first PHC was held in San Francisco in 2004 as a means of welcoming homeless neighbors into the life of the community, changing the way resources are accessed, and achieving quantifiable results for people experiencing homelessness. The greater Danbury community hosted their first event in 2007 and is now joined by more than 300 cities in the United States in delivering services and pathways that lead to housing and self sufficiency.

During 2012, 836 people were homeless or at risk of homelessness in the greater Danbury area; last year community citizens, non-profit organizations, government and corporations partnered together and provided much needed services to approximately 200 individuals and families at the event. “United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) is proud to sit on the Greater Danbury Continuum of Care and the Danbury Housing Partnership and to be a yearly sponsor of this event,” said Karen Mello, director of Financial Stability at UWWC, and member of the PHC planning committee. “This one day, one stop, community event provides a hot breakfast and lunch, warm clothing, dental care, flu shots, vision care, and many other needed services for members of our community. Given the state of the economy, a rising number of people are in need of simple basic needs and we anticipate serving a minimum of 250 people at the event this year.”

Transportation from the Danbury Bus Pulse Point at Kennedy Park and 11 Spring Street will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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