Essay: Helping homeless population with one-stop services – Democrat & Chronicle

Essay: Helping homeless population with one-stop services

by: Kathryn Bryan

One thing we all enjoy is the opportunity to go to the mall, where everything we need is under one roof.  Without this convenience, we could spend all day driving from one location to another to complete errands.

Now imagine running your errands without a car; our errands would take days to complete.

This is the experience homeless individuals have every time a need arises.  Accessing the necessary services to move out of homelessness is critical to their success.  To many homeless individuals this is the stepping stone needed to get out of homelessness.

The Project Homeless Connect Steering Committee is committed to coordinating an annual event to bring together the necessary service providers for a day of services, a day of caring.

Project Homeless Connect allows homeless and at-risk individuals to access a plethora of services in one day.  The event, held this year on September 14 at the Blue Cross Arena, brought together service providers who offered medical, housing, employment, education and veterans’ services to the homeless.  Last year , Project Homeless Connect brought together over 75 service providers, 300 volunteers and 700 participants.  This year, we had  over 85 service providers for the 2017 Project Homeless Connect.

 During Project Homeless Connect, the energy in the arena is vibrant as participants, organizers and volunteers greet each other with dignity and respect.  A volunteer is partnered with each participant to navigate services to ensure each personreceives what is needed to become self-sufficient.  Barriers that prevent homeless individuals from accessing many necessary services are removed.

The goal of Project Homeless Connect is to provide information and a connection to essential, ongoing services  including housing, employment, government benefits, veterans’ benefits and legal services. In order to meet immediate, basic needs, the event offers lunch and provides access to medical and dental check-ups, haircuts and hygiene services.

PathStone Corporation became the lead agency for Project Homeless Connect  in 2011.  The program is a natural fit for PathStone.  PathStone is a private, not-for-profit regional community development and human service organization providing services to low-income families and individuals, farmworkers and economically depressed communities.

To learn more about Project Homeless Connect and to see a full list of participating service providers, please go to

Kathryn Bryan is Senior Vice President, Property Management, at PathStone.

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Lake Ontario Flood Relief Home Repair Program Application

The application period closed Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Your supporting documentation, estimates and additional information will continue to be accepted if your application was in by the deadline.

Procedural update.
The legislation providing the Flood Relief funding required that we prioritize situation that pose imminent health and safety risks to the occupants. This includes damage to structure, walls and septic systems. This application will be served before stand-alone shoreline applicants. Stand-alone shoreline damage application will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted if additional information is needed at such time as we are able to serve them. Once you have applied no further action is needed until you are contacted by our staff.

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It’s Not Too Late to Apply for the Lake Ontario Residential Recovery Program – Deadline Friday September 29th 5pm

It’s Not Too Late to Apply for the Lake Ontario Residential Recovery ProgramDeadline Friday September 29th 5pm

 If You Have Not Yet Applied

  • You still have two weeks to apply, the deadline is 5pm on Friday, September 29th for online or in-hand applications. Applications being mailed in should be postmarked through the 29th.
  •  It is NOT necessary to have supporting documentation available to apply.
  • To be eligible, you must submit the application with just your basic information by 5pm on September 29th, even if you do not yet have estimates or other supporting documentation. 
  • Your supporting documentation and additional information will be accepted after the deadline if your application is submitted by the deadline.
  • Contact us today for questions and help applying.

 If You Have Already Applied

We are working hard to process applications as quickly as possible and no further action is needed now.

For details information on this and other recovery programs, please visit:

Please note that the September 29 deadline is only for those applying for NYS Homes and Community Renewal’s Lake Ontario Residential Recovery Program.  Empire State Development’s deadline for applications from small businesses, farms, not-for-profits, homeowner associations, and owners of multiple dwellings is December 31, 2017.