One-stop shop for services, survey planned for Juneau’s homeless

Project Homeless Connect at Centennial Hall in 2012. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO News

Those at risk of becoming homeless or who are already homeless are invited to attend the annual Project Homeless Connect event on Monday.

Health care, housing assistance, job placement and other services will be available at Centennial Hall, the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, and the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

“If you know of anyone experiencing homelessness, please encourage them to attend,” said Jessy Post of the Juneau Economic Development Council. She is also a coordinator for the Juneau Homeless Coalition which is organizing this year’s free event.

Participants can take part in blood pressure screenings, get foot care and hair cuts, talk to housing providers, and even apply for a replacement birth certificate.

“Those are just to name a few,” Post said.

Also on Monday, the participants will be asked to take part in the Point-In-Time survey to determine the size of Juneau’s homeless population. Post said that Project Homeless Connect only provides a portion of the count. The Juneau School District and other social services agencies also help with the surveys.

“They are also collecting information in these surveys to get the whole scope and whole snapshot of homeless numbers in our community,” Post said.

As many as 562 Juneau residents were identified as homeless in 2012 after a compilation of all the surveys.

Of the 187 people who received services at last year’s Project Homeless Connect, 41-percent reported at least one health issue. Most indicated that they were staying in shelters, with family or friends, in a motel, or in a place that was not meant for human habitation.

Project Homeless Connect runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday with social service and housing providers at Centennial Hall, and health care providers will be located at the JACC. Post says haircuts will be provided at the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

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