Project Homeless Connect receives national 2007 Acts of Caring Legacy Award

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Judith Klain, second from left, accepts recognation as Director of San Francisco Project Connect, with Barbara Garcia, Director of San Francisco Community Health Programs within the Department of Health; Barbara Garcia, Director of Community Health Programs, San Francisco Department of Public Health; Colleen Landkamer, President, National Association of Counties (NACo). Seen at far left is Preston V. Lee, Jr, Director Industry Relations for Freddie Mac which sponsored the event

An organization representing the nation’s 3,066 counties has awarded Project Homeless Connect the 2007 Acts of Caring Legacy Award for Excellence and Innovation.

Project Homeless Connect, modeled in 107 American cities, began in San Francisco which is both a City and a County. The program offers centralized services to homeless persons from any public or private organization or individual willing to participate.

The award is giving annually by the National Associations of Counties, founded in 1935, which remains the only national group focused on county governments, needs, and achievements deemed worthy of consideration by other counties.

“We are incredibly honored that the National Association of Counties has recognized our efforts to address the suffering of, and in many cases end, homelessness, efforts that have inspired municipalities across the country” notes San Francisco PHC Director Judith Klain.

“Our program relies on 90% volunteer and in-kind support, and we owe our program’s success to our volunteers and partner businesses.”

Klain, with Barbara Garcia, Director of Community Health Programs, San Francisco Department of Public Health, accepted the award at the April 27th event held in Washington, D.C. NACo and Freddie Mac representatives presented Project Homeless Connect with a crystal award along with a $1,500 contribution.

Used as a national best practice model, San Francisco’s PHC program is now being implemented in 26 states including Oregon, Nevada, Texas, Missouri, New York and Florida. PHC programs are even in place in Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia.

“However, even the original San Francisco program is evolving rapidly, with a first-ever Bayview District event scheduled for Friday, June 8th, 2006,” noted Klain.

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