City Holds National Project Homeless Connect

December 7, 2009 | 2 min reading time

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Contact:                                                                                    December 7, 2009

  Bill Siedhoff, Human Services Director                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




                         5th Annual Event at Harris-StoweStateUniversity


St.   Louis – The City’s Department of Human Services is holding their 5th Annual National Project Homeless Connect on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, as part of a nationwide initiative involving over 200 cities across the country.  Since the initial event in 2005, over 1,500 homeless people in the City of St.   Louis have received help through this annual one-day event.


Project Homeless Connect links homeless people to a variety of services at a central location. This year’s event will be held from 10:00am to 2:00 pm at Harris-Stowe State University – Emerson Performing Arts Building.


Services provided include enrollment in mainstream services such as social security and veterans benefits, legal services, employment assistance, substance abuse and mental health counseling, health related services, and access to e-mail and long distance phone calls.


Access to housing will also be provided through the City’s new “Hope Is Moving Initiative” that was recently launched resulting from the City of St. Louis receiving $8.4 million in stimulus funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. 


“The City of St. Louis took a giant leap forward in the battle of ending long term homelessness for individuals and families through this initiative,” said Bill Siedhoff, Human Services Director for the City of St. Louis. “We are pleased to be able to offer these new housing services at this year’s Project Homeless Connect.”


For more information on Project Homeless Connect or the “Hope Is Moving In” initiative, contact the Homeless Services Division of the Department of Human Services at 314-657-1704.





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