Mayor announces Homelessness Convention

Project Homeless Connect will be "one-day, one-stop" for homeless resources

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - Mayor Biskupski announced today Project Homeless Connect SLC, a convention-style resource day for homeless people in Salt Lake City. The event will take place October 6th, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. 

Project Homeless Connect is a national movement and events have been held in Washington D.C., Denver, San Francisco, and others. 

The goal of the event is to connect people with resources like dental care, housing assistance, employment assistance, haircuts, foot care, pet care, massage, bike maintenance, library cards and books, veterans services, and more. Nearly 60 service providers are expected to attend. 

Homeless Advocate Rachel Santizo was homeless herself and says this event is going to do a lot of good. "Had this type of event been available when I was homeless, I would have felt a part of, wouldn't have felt so invisible, felt like maybe somebody cared, that maybe I wasn't worthless, that I wasn't invisible."

Community volunteers will provide services and will work with homeless people one-on-one at the convention. Santizo says this one-on-one focus is one of the most important parts of the event. "There's going to be a team of us to greet them, greet our precious friends when they come in so they feel comfortable and it's going to be peer to peer, they're going to have someone through the entire day that's going to help them with the process."

The mayor's office says they need 500 volunteers to make the day a success. There are a variety of jobs available to volunteers, everything from set-up to check-in to personal guide through the day. If you would like to volunteer, visit phcslc.org


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