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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- The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is in full swing. In less than a week, the fleet has caught over half of its quota. And while most crew members work on the water, spotter pilots fish for herring from the sky.
- A lot of eyes were on the U.S. House today, but, as Republican factions shuttled to the White House to negotiate, it was a day of waiting for most.
- Gov. Walker’s legislation creates a new definition for independent contractors that would determine whether employers have to pay to insure against on-the-job injuries.