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Homelessness in Rochester is everybody’s problem – are you part of the solution? 

Project Homeless Connect is a one-day, “one-stop shop” event on one day each fall, serving people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  

PHCR is a one-day event, with the goal is to provide information and a connection to essential, ongoing services, such as:

Project Homeless Connect Rochester (PHCR) began in 2009 as a volunteer-driven event dedicated to connecting homeless individuals and families to housing and other critical resources. Today, PHCR continues to be organized and implemented by a team of diverse volunteers.

PHCR is a data-driven event. Entrance interviews indicate PHCR serves approximately 700 individuals and families each year. About half of these PHCR guests did not sleep in their own home on the night prior to the event; some slept with friends and family members, some slept in shelters, and some slept on the street. Approximately half of those who slept in their own homes face the threat of eviction within three weeks.

PHCR guests roughly reflect nationwide homelessness figures. Women and men are equally represented. Age varies widely. PHCR guests include teenagers and the elderly; middle-aged adults are most heavily represented.  Approximately one in ten PHCR guests is a veteran. Guests, varying in ethnic/racial background with African Americans slightly over-represented, report their primary reasons for attending PCHR are concrete: to obtain identification and other resources such as winter clothing and food along with linkages to other needed services such as housing and employment resources. As guests leave PCHR, they report high levels of satisfaction with PCHR volunteers and the spirit of the PHCR event as a whole.

Almost all Project Homeless Connect volunteers (97%) say they would volunteer at Project Homeless Connect again. 

  • housing,
  • employment,
  • government benefits,
  • veterans’ benefits,
  • legal services,
  • and many others. 

This unique event attempts to meet immediate, basic needs, such as:

  • lunch
  • access to medical and dental check-ups
  • haircuts and hygiene services
  • and many others

PHCR challenges us to take a look at who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going – as a city, and as individuals. We have so much to be proud of, and so much yet to be accomplished – including helping those who are separated by homelessness to re-connect.  

Our Mission

The mission of Homeless Connect Rochester is to rally the city to support and create lasting solutions for homeless Rochesterians.

We aim to bring together community volunteers to partner with city government, non-profits and the private sector to provide a one-stop shop of health and human services for homeless Rochesterians. Services include medical, mental health, substance abuse, housing, dental, SSI benefits, legal counseling, eyeglasses, New York ID, food, voicemail, employment counseling and job placement, wheelchair repair and more.

The goals of PHC are:

  • Improve access to services and housing for homeless Rochesterians
  • Engage and increase the collaborative involvement of homeless consumers, business, non-profit community, and individual volunteers to work together to create solutions to homelessness.
  • To improve the system of care by creating opportunities for collaboration and sharing of best practices among Rochester's homeless provider community.
  • Leverage private, corporate and foundation money and in-kind support to augment city efforts to increase housing options and build service capacity for homeless Rochesterians.

Click to learn more about how you can volunteer or donate and help Rochester’s most vulnerable citizens.   Donations are tax-deductible.