Omaha Public Radio News
2:41 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Creighton hosts fourth annual Project Homeless Connect

Omaha, NE – More than 500 of Omaha's homeless men, women and children were connected with vital services at a Creighton University event Friday.

Creighton hosted the fourth annual Project Homeless Connect. It brings together legal, medical, dental, and other services in one location for the city's homeless.

Ed Shada, Executive Director of Project Homeless Connect, says the event is about making sure the homeless can get connected to housing and the services they need. "Usually we get ten percent of the people who attend here in housing, and our goal is 20 percent so we've reorganized the housing section to really focus people on the right areas. We've got more veterans people here because we've seen an uptick in the veteran homelessness, so we brought the veterans in to make sure they were here and covered."

The first Project Homeless Connect served 300 people. This year, more than one thousand people volunteered for the event.