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.
- Kindred Post owner Christy Namee Eriksen, her staff and other community members whittled 250 entries down to 10 winners, with a priority on artists who've been social marginalized. Their work will be sold in a run of 1,000 postcards in October.
- Researches from the University of Washington used 80 years of data to figure out how much warming fish could withstand. They discovered fish in the tropics are already living in water at the upper end of their threshold.
- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday that it is opening king salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska, beginning Oct. 1.
- Security consultants say they discovered an unsecured online database with information on nearly 600,000 Alaska voters last week.