The mission of Project Homeless Connect Buffalo is to fuse political and civic will in a one-day, one-stop array of resources which focuses on immediacy, hospitality, and results for homeless neighbors.
According to the Homeless Alliance of Western New York’s 2011 Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in Erie County there are an estimated 5,050 people who experience homelessness in Erie County each year. It is estimated that there are approximately 1,000 homeless persons on any given night in Erie County. In 2011, 40% of homelessness individuals in Erie County reported it was their first time experiencing homelessness. 80% of individuals experiencing homelessness had at least one child under the age of 18.
In an attempt to begin to collectively address homelessness in the Queen City the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless adopted the national best practice model Project Homeless Connect in 2009.
Since the first event in 2009 Project Homeless Connect Buffalo has provided no cost services to over 2,500 homeless and at-risk individuals and distributed given nearly 10,000 personal care items.
The WNY Coalition for the Homeless is an association of service providers and concerned individuals who have joined together to empower and advocate for people in need of safe, affordable, and permanent housing and related services and we depend on our community volunteers to welcome clients into the event, assist them in accessing resources at the event and ensuring their safe travel from the event.