United Way of Forsyth County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness and the Department of Veterans Affairs are hosting their 9th annual “Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down 2015” event today, Friday, April 17th.

Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down is an all-day, one-stop-shop event focused on bringing together individuals and families experiencing homelessness and/or a housing crisis with service providers. Participants will be connected with a wide range of supportive services, consisting of: housing assistance, emergency financial assistance, employment, job training and education opportunities, early- to post-secondary education services, mental health and substance abuse treatment and information, legal services and city government services and much, much more. In participating in Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down, individuals dealing with homelessness come closer to removing barriers, such as lack of resources and transportation, which are typically faced by individuals and families experiencing housing crises.

Each year, 350 to 400 individuals and families are served by Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down, as part of the United Way and City of Winston Salem’s “10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness”. The goal is to help these individuals work their way out of their housing dilemma.

Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down 2015 will be held from 8:30am to 4pm on Friday, April 17th at the National Guard Armory (2000 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston Salem, NC 27103). Participation is free for all. For more information on Project Homeless Connect, contact Kathleen Wiener at 336-721-9378 or kathleen.wiener@uwforsyth.org