Project NEMO Connnect sponsors a one-day event called Project Homeless Connect to reach as many people dealing with homelessness and poverty in our community as possible. This includes people who are living with family or friends, but who do not have a home of their own.
For PHC events, community volunteers partner with city government, non-profits and the private sector to provide a single access point of health and human services for homeless individuals and families. Services can include medical, mental health, substance abuse, housing, dental, benefits, legal, free eyeglasses, ID, food, clothing, wheelchair repair and much more.
The event requires donations including, but not limited to: food/beverages for participants and volunteers, transportation for participants to and from the event, items to hand out for participants (food, toiletry items, clothing, etc.), towels and toiletries for shower facilities, and pet care items.
Project NEMO Connect is an organizatino of community leaders from government and private organizations who work together to carry out an annual "Project Homeless Connect" event and to explore ways of eliminating homelessness in Northeast Missouri.
We formed in 2013 to carry out the Project Homeless Conect event sponsored by the Governor's Committee to end Homelessness, and are continuing to explore how we can eliminate barriers for people seeking to emerge from poverty or crisis.
Project Homeless Connect was created in 2004 by San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom to engage people who were homeless back into the community. The Missouri Housing Development Commision in collaboration with the Missouri Governor's Committee to End Homelessness began hosting PHC events in 2008. The goal of a PHC event is to help the homeless overcome barriers to building a better life by giving them acess to resources in one location.
Project Homeless Connect is about eliminating lines, signing in, waiting, and the necessity of traveling to a variety of places or creating false expectations. It is about providing a supportive, encouraging environment where services and results are delivered.