The College of Design is one of the sponsors of Project Homeless Connect, a Minneapolis- and Hennepin County-based one-stop shop model for homeless services. Multiple resources -- housing providers, benefits specialists, eye care, transportation assistance, food, clothing, even haircuts -- are brought to one location where people can come to find the services they need.
Almost 800 volunteers participated in the October event at the Minneapolis Convention Center, providing services to 1,780 individuals (a 46% increase in the number of guests from the previous event). The range of services provided included:
- 801 housing services
- 136 health assessments followed by onsite heathcare services
- 60 dental care services
- 475 shoe vouchers
- 142 adults and children enrolled in Minneapolis public schools educational programs
- 211 legal services
- 177 employment services
- 155 received help with benefits from veterans' services, Social Security, and community action agencies
- 115 children and families referrals
- Almost 300 haircuts
1,000 volunteers are needed for the Monday, April 28 event at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Training is required for all first-time volunteers and six training sessions are available. More information and sign-up is available at the Project Homeless Connect Web site.