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Project Connect community service fairs expand to three sites1/10/2018

​Each year, Project Connect offers a free one-day, one-stop services fair for individuals and families who may be homeless, face the imminent risk of homelessness or need access to community services. The event has taken place in Bremerton for about a decade. This month, Project Connect is expanding to include three different sites – one in each part of the county – to better reach more Kitsap residents.

Events are scheduled:  

  • Tuesday, January 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Christian Life Center, 1780 Lincoln Ave SE, Port Orchard
  • Wednesday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Salvation Army, 832 6th Street, Bremerton
  • Thursday, January 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston

Last year, about 450 local, low-income and homeless residents attended Project Connect at the Salvation Army in Bremerton. Over 50 organizations provided services including housing referrals, immunizations, eye exams, health screenings, rabies shots, sleeping bags, coats, haircuts, and more. The Salvation Army also provided participants with a hot lunch. Each of the three 2018 Project Connect sites will have slightly different vendors, tailoring offerings to what is available to residents in that geographic area.

Project Connect is held in conjunction with the annual Point-in-Time Count survey of people experiencing homelessness, conducted by the Kitsap County Department of Human Services. Guests at Project Connect are asked to participate in the survey, which helps local and state leaders better understand community needs and homelessness trends. The results also influence state and local funding decisions.

Project Connect is coordinated by the Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition, a network which includes homeless and affordable housing service providers as well as organizations serving homeless and low-income residents of our community.

For more information on Project Connect and available homeless and housing resources, please go to the Continuum of Care website at www.kitsapcontinuumofcarecoalition.org.

Additional statistics and information about past Point-in-Time Counts and homelessness in Kitsap is available at https://spf.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/HH-Reports-and-Data.aspx .

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