Annual homeless outreach program takes place today

The seventh annual Project Homeless Connect is taking place today, offering free services to those who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., members of the Juneau Coalition on Housing &Homelessness are hosting the event at the Juneau Arts &Culture Center. Breakfast and lunch are offered for free, and anyone is welcome.

Community members and representatives from various local organizations will be providing services for attendees, including haircuts, legal services, veteran support, birth certificates, transportation, food, PFD and voter registration, flu shots and more. Attendees can get pointed in the right direction for housing as well.

According to 2017 numbers, Juneau has the highest rate of homelessness of any city in the state. A Point in Time Count revealed that 215 people were either on the streets, in shelters or in transitional housing as of early 2017. The 2018 Point in Time Count is being done today, as community leaders will be counting attendees at Project Homeless Connect as well as going around the community to find those living on the streets.

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