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Fairbanks Project Homeless Connect to take place at Pioneer Park

Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 4:42 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Housing and Homeless Coalition will be hosting Project Homeless Connect this week at Pioneer Park.

According to Kara Carlson, Interim Chair of the Fairbanks Housing and Homeless Coalition, the event seeks to connect those experiencing homelessness and those at risk of becoming homeless with resources to assist them.

“Project Homeless Connect is an annual event that we do to connect folks in our community who are either experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of experiencing homelessness, to resources,” Carlson explained. “It’s just kind of a one stop shop where they can connect with various different housing resources and social services, get a hot meal, maybe get a haircut. Also this year there’ll be flu and COVID vaccinations for folks that are wanting those, and there is also going to be an Alaska Health Fair and a lot of social services organizations there to provide information and resources.”

Project Homeless Connect is also seeking a few volunteers to help with helping those without a means of transportation reach the event.

“Really what we’re most looking for is people getting to the event,” Carlson elaborated. “So even if you yourself are not homeless or are experiencing homelessness, if you’re struggling to pay bills, if you’re in need of finding new housing, there’s going to be a lot of resources available. If you’ve been waiting to get your flu vaccination and haven’t had an opportunity to do that, or you want a COVID booster or vaccination, they’ll be there and set up. So there’s just a lot of resources in one spot, which just makes it really convenient if you’re needing multiple things.”

Over 30 organizations will be attending to help those less fortunate, including Bread Line Inc., The Bridge, and the Fairbanks Rescue Mission - and according to Carlson, precautions will be in place to protect those in attendance from COVID-19. “We didn’t do the event last year because of COVID, and so we’re really looking forward to having an opportunity for the community to come together. The event is at the Civic Center at Pioneer Park or “Alaskaland” for those of us who have been here for a while. There will be adequate spacing between different tables, and masks will be required for the event.”

The event takes place at the Pioneer Park Civic Center on January 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Those seeking more information, including volunteering opportunities, are encouraged to contact the Fairbanks Rescue Mission at (907) 452-5342.

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