The next Project Homeless Connect event will take place
Friday July 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
at Bellingham High School
Thank you Whatcom County for making PHC 2016 another very successful event! With the generous support of donors and local businesses, we mobilized nearly 400 community volunteers and service providers to deliver encouragement and service to 543 neighbors on July 22nd, 2016 at Bellingham High School. Your time and interest made a powerful statement: We are one community and our prosperity is tied to the health and safety of every citizen.
Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is a national initiative sponsored 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 was first adopted in 2007 during Phase 3 of the Whatcom County Plan to End Homelessness. United Way of Whatcom County continues as our fiscal agent.
Our local PHC 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 complete service outcomes
- Create sustainable and long-term service partnerships
- Track and publicize results that connect to the County Plan to End Homelessness
The cornerstone of PHC is generous hospitality. At PHC 2016, breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks were prepared by Kelly's O'Deli Catering and coffee was served throughout the day courtesy of Woods Coffee. Community volunteer serving as ‘guides’ accompanied guests throughout the many service venues at PHC. Music and entertainment was provided by Strangely and Friends outside BHS before the doors opened at 9 AM and during the noon meal in the Commons.