Project Updates

Metis Begins Evaluation Project with Oakland’s Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect event

A volunteer conducts intake with a homeless client at a Project Homeless Connect event in San Francisco.

Metis is pleased to begin a project with the organization Project Homeless Connect (PHC) through the firm’s newest office in Oakland, California. PHC, a 10-year-old initiative, has revolutionized the way that homeless individuals and families can access vital services—from mental health care to haircuts—by providing them at regular intervals under one roof. This successful model has been replicated in over 250 cities.

Created by the San Francisco Department of Health, the initiative serves more than 3,000 homeless individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area each year, increasing access to a wide range of services that might otherwise take months for individuals to attain. At quarterly events, providers offer benefits counseling, eye exams, dental care, health screenings, mental health services, clothing, and other essential amenities. Many of the services are provided by a remarkable array of volunteers numbering more than 49,000 since the organization’s founding. Through its newest initiative, Everyday Connect, PHC also opens its doors every morning to homeless people who want to meet with PHC staff for additional assistance to move their lives forward.

The organization came to Metis as part of an effort to document 10 years of successes, challenges, and lessons learned and to use that information to chart a course for the future. Metis is providing technical assistance to help the organization develop its theory of change, surveying volunteers and service providers, and analyzing program data. The formative information yielded through these efforts will help the organization plan its next steps.

“Project Homeless Connect is really a wonderful organization,” says Julia Alemany, Metis senior associate, “and we are looking forward to working with the team there. They not only help people very concretely but raise awareness in the community about what it means to be homeless. Their engagement of volunteers in this effort is extremely impressive.”

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