What is HomelessConnectCamp anyway?
HomelessConnectCamp is a platform for the local tech community, city officials and community volunteers to have a conversation about the challenges faced in our neighborhoods and how technology can help bring awareness to existing programs.
- Who? Anyone who is interested in technology, sustainability, social services, healthcare,
- What? A good opportunity to share ideas, start conversations and build connections with people and organizations working to create awareness around homelessness issues in San Francisco
- When? Wednesday, 10:00 am- 3:30 pm on 02/11/2009
- Where? Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
What is a Barcamp anyway?
An ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees.
Project Homeless Connect is an initiative that was created by San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom, in close collaboration with the Department of Health, the Human Service Agency, other government agencies, the private sector and community non-profit and individuals. Every other month over 1000 community volunteers partner with city government, non-profits and the private sector to provide a one-stop shop of health and human services for homeless San Franciscans.
Today, PHC is emulated in 200 cities across the United States as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. Services include medical, mental health, substance abuse, housing, dental, SSI benefits, legal counseling, eyeglasses, California ID, food, voicemail, employment counseling and job placement, wheelchair repair and more. As of December 2008, 19,600 volunteers have provided services to more than 26,000 homeless and poor San Franciscans.