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For the second year in a row, the local chapter of social justice nonprofit United Way will host a day-long fair Wednesday for the District’s homeless to help connect them with multiple services in one place.
The event, born in San Francisco more than a decade ago and called “Project Homeless Connect,” runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Union Mission men’s shelter, at 65 Massachusetts Ave. NW. United Way of the National Capital Area hopes to serve hundreds of residents experiencing homelessness in collaboration with two dozen community groups ranging from Whitman-Walker Health, which will provide free HIV testing, to the D.C. Board of Elections, which will register people to vote before the Nov. 8 election. A majority of the 300-some people who participated in the “one-stop shop” event last year said they wouldn’t have otherwise received the services provided, according to United Way. These also included haircuts, legal advice, and medical treatment from Howard University Hospital professionals.
“We are building on a national best practice model recognized by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness,” United Way Vice President Timothy Johnson explained in an op-ed published Monday. “Offering critical, life-saving services demands dedicated partners throughout the community.”
There are approximately 8,000 homeless people in D.C. A flyer for the event is shown below.