2014 Louisville Project Homeless Connect/Stand Down
One-stop community outreach to the homeless set for Oct. 8
Louisville’s homeless population will have an opportunity to access services, information and assistance in a one-stop environment at the 2014 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down, on Wednesday, October 8. Resources available at the event will include food, clothing, medical evaluations, help with employment, education and benefit services and many other forms of assistance.
The event takes place 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army (Old Male High School) campus located at 911. S. Brook St. in Louisville. Several TARC buses will provide access throughout the day from emergency shelters to the event site. The event is coordinated by the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Louisville Metro Community Services, Coalition for the Homeless and other community partners including The Salvation Army.
The Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down is an annual one-day community outreach project where representatives from community service organizations come together to address the collective needs of the homeless during a single visit. This event is made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers and resources from the United States Veteran Association (U.S.V.A.), Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Louisville Metro Government and Louisville Metro Council.
The latest numbers from the 2014 Homeless Census indicate that approximately 8,500 individuals were homeless at some point in Louisville last year -- either on the streets, in homeless shelters or accessing services through Louisville’s homeless service providers. A variety of factors can lead to homelessness and often these individuals may be victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, veterans or senior citizens.
Last year, over 550 persons were served at the 2013 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down event. Over 2,000 individual services were rendered during the day, including free State of KY ID cards, flu shots and other medical exams and services, housing linkages, mainstream benefit access (SSI/SSDI), clothing, food and general case management services. Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down is replicated from a national service delivery model that has proven to be crucial in eliminating barriers to housing, employment, education and the myriad of other factors that contribute to long-term homelessness.
An added resource at this year’s event will be a foot-washing service provided by community volunteers. Many individuals experiencing homelessness have issues with their feet due to diabetes, frostbite and other exposure issues. Every participant at Project Homeless Connect/Stand Down will be invited to soak their feet and have them examined by a local physician or nurse. Members of Louisville Metro RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) have also led a sock drive so that each participant can leave with new socks and healthier, cleaner feet.
For more information about the Homeless Connect event contact:
Jamie Watts – Louisville VAMC Homeless Supervisory Coordinator at 502-287-4176
Joseph Hamilton - Louisville Metro Community Services at 502-574-3325
Natalie Harris – Coalition for the Homeless at 502-636-9550.
Interviews and photo opportunities will be available the day of the event.