By Elizabeth Chan
San Francisco’s homeless population has been estimated at 7,000-10,000 people. To address these numbers, the San Francisco Department of Public Health created Project Homeless Connect to bring necessary services to the homeless.
Starting in 2004, The PHC will host several events each year at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and on Wednesday celebrated their 10th anniversary.
With support from corporations, community based organizations, and government agencies; the events provide access to services such as medical care, housing assistance, employment, and other necessities all in one day. Volunteers from the local community helped organized the 10-year celebration and continue to seek opportunities for growth and support for the organization.
Project Homeless Connect mission is to provide care to San Franciscans with that they need to move forward. From big events that provide medical help to small event that offer free haircuts, the PHC, relies on the dedication from their 1,000 individual volunteers. Wednesday event celebrated the individuals who help and support the program and the impact to the community it provides.