In 2014 in Ottawa County, 1,496 people were identified as homeless at some point over the course of the year. Homeless individuals and families are identified as those who live in emergency shelters, transitional housing and in places not meant for human habitation (car, street, campground). Housing service providers collaborate to get an accurate count of those in housing crisis.
In an effort to connect homeless people and families with services, The Lakeshore Housing Alliance will host its annual Project Homeless Connect event on Wednesday, August 19 from 10:00am-2:00pm at The Midtown Center, 96 W. 15th Street, Holland. The event will feature FREE LUNCH as well as door prizes, personal care items, haircuts, various health screenings, Medicaid enrollment, housing assessments, GED registration and more.
Project Homeless Connect aims to improve access to services for people facing a housing crisis in Ottawa County, and to increase collaborative involvement of business, non-profit community, and individual volunteers to work together to create solutions for those in need of stable housing. Project Homeless Connect also creates opportunities for collaboration and sharing of best practices among Ottawa County’s housing provider community.
The Lakeshore Housing Alliance is a program of Greater Ottawa County United Way. To learn more about the Lakeshore Housing Alliance, visit www.lakeshorehousingalliance.org. To learn more about Greater Ottawa County United Way, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org.
GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. LIVE UNITED. At Greater Ottawa County United Way, our mission is to improve the quality of life for all Ottawa County residents by identifying pressing community challenges and focusing the community's collective power and resources to address those needs.
Visit www.ottawaunitedway.org for more information about Greater Ottawa County United Way.