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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:

In 2015

In 2015, Project Homeless Connect served over 700 individuals. Almost half of these individuals indicated they have no stable housing.

The people participating in this annual event are diverse; many of the individuals served are African American (60.3%) and between 50 and 59 years old (30.5%). Over 70% of those attending in 2015 had participated in Project Homeless Connect in the past, and when asked for feedback the vast majority (88.4%) said they find Project Homeless Connect “very helpful.” 

An array of service providers and other volunteers make Project Homeless Connect successful.

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.