Volunteers celebrate 10 years of Project Homeless Connect 

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  • Mike Hendrickson/Special to the S.f. examiner
  • A volunteer hands out groceries at a Project Homeless Connect event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Wednesday. The project provides needy people with access to groceries and services.
San Francisco’s Project Homeless Connect celebrated 10 years of serving The City’s low-income and homeless residents with a rally Wednesday morning.

Project Homeless Connect hosts a service fair several times a year at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium near City Hall, and Wednesday’s 10th anniversary fair was the project’s 53rd such event.

The Department of Public Health created the project in 2004, bringing services offered by government agencies, community-based organizations, nonprofits and private businesses together in one location.

Mayor Ed Lee joined volunteers Wednesday morning, including some from Google and the Pleasanton-based Workday Foundation, for a rally ahead of the anniversary event.

Project spokesman Kevin McCormack said the one-day service fair provides homeless residents with services and items that might otherwise take months to procure.

Project Homeless Connect gives people access to eye and dental care, help in signing up for Social Security and veterans’ benefits, and numerous other services. Visitors typically leave project events with bags of food, toiletries and other necessities.

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