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2011 Louisville Project Homeless Connect/Stand Down

Tuesday October 18, 2011

Media Contacts:
October 18, 2011 Debbie Belt, 574-6587
Todd Dedras, 287-4176
Phil Miller, 574-1901

2011 Louisville Project Homeless Connect/Stand Down

One-stop community outreach to the homeless set for Oct. 19

Louisville’s homeless population will have an opportunity to access services, information and assistance in a one-stop environment at the 2011 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down, Wednesday, Oct. 19. Resources available at the event will include food, clothing, medical evaluations, help with employment, education and benefit services, and many other forms of assistance.

The event takes place 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dismas Charities /St. Anne’s Campus at 1515 Algonquin Parkway in Louisville. Several TARC buses will provide access throughout the day from emergency shelters to the event site. The event is coordinated by the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization, The Coalition for the Homeless and other community partners including Dismas Charities.

The 2011 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down is an annual one-day community outreach project where representatives from community service organizations come together to address the collective needs of the homeless during a single visit. This event is made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers and resources from the United States Veteran Association (U.S.V.A.), Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Louisville Metro Government and Louisville Metro Council.

The latest numbers from the 2010 Homeless Census indicate that 9,130 individuals were homeless at some point in Louisville last year -- either on the streets, in homeless shelters, or accessing services through Louisville’s homeless service providers. A variety of factors can lead to homelessness and often these individuals may be victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, veterans, or senior citizens.

Last year, 644 persons were served at the 2010 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down event. Over 5,000 individual services were rendered during the day, including free State of KY ID cards, flu shots and other medical exams and services, housing linkages, mainstream benefit access (SSI/SSDI), clothing, food, and general case management services. Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down is replicated from a national service delivery model that has proven to be crucial in eliminating barriers to housing, employment, education, and the myriad of other factors that contribute to long-term homelessness.

For more information about this event, please contact Todd Dedas – Louisville VAMC Homeless Coordinator at 502-287-4176, Joseph Hamilton - Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization at 502-574-3325, or Natalie Harris – Coalition for the Homeless at 502-636-9550.

Interviews and photo opportunities will be available the day of the event.