Project Homeless Connect


Project Homeless Connect

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Due to COVID-19 and corresponding CDC guidelines, Project Homeless Connect in-person activities will not be happening in 2020.

The 2020 Project Homeless Connect, in both Milwaukee and Waukesha, will be virtual volunteering and coordinated Basic Need Kit pick-up throughout the month of October. Watch this page for updates on pick-up locations and dates for the Basic Need Kits.

Connection is underrated. Our community has over 100 resources available for those at risk of homelessness, but they can only do good when people know about them. The connection of services to those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness is what makes Project Homeless Connect effective. The connection between people that want to help and those that need it, is what makes Project Homeless Connect meaningful. 

Founded in 2004 out of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Project Homeless Connect is a nationally recognized model aimed at serving people experiencing homelessness with dignity and respect. Over the last several years, cities and communities across the nation have taken on the model and made it their own. Project Homeless Connect brings an array of resources and services together under one roof on one day to best serve those experiencing homelessness. 

Project Homeless Connect emphasizes the power of connection in helping end homelessness. Be part of what makes this event meaningful – click the donate button below to purchase a Basic Need Kit for a person in need, or sign up for one of our signature virtual volunteer events, below. 

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A $20 donation buys a kit of health & hygiene items, resource information, and basic cold weather items. 

A $120 donation purchases a kit of basic household items (cooking & cleaning supplies) for individuals moving into their own home from street homelessness. 


Opportunities will be added once available. Stay tuned!

Questions About Volunteering? Contact Lori Hayes at 414.837.3639 or email.


Over 700 guests attend Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect every year. An additional 400+ volunteer guest advocates make this event a possibility. 

Thirty individuals experiencing homelessness were connected to resources at the inaugural Waukesha Project Homeless Connect in 2019.

Guests connected to resources at Project Homeless Connect often end their episode of homelessness and return to the event as a volunteer the following year. Previous event guests are now part of the Project Homeless Connect planning team, using their experiences to make the event more inclusive and impactful.

Project Homeless Connect brings together government leaders, the justice system, health & human service providers, and community members in a unique show of recognition and public education about homelessness in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties. 

Project Homeless Connect has a been a touchstone event of the Milwaukee Continuum of Care since 2009.

Questions? Contact Krystina Kohler at 414.263.8181 or email.

© 2020 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 39-0806190.