SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco’s Project Homeless Connect, now in its 10th year – offered “one-stop-shop” services for the homeless at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
The homeless lined up for an array of services offered once every quarter. Wednesday’s event was sponsored by California Pacific Medical Center. They offered everything from dental care and eye glasses, to legal help and assistance with food and housing.
San Francisco’s director of HOPE: Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement, Bevan Dufty said he realizes people are frustrated with seeing the amount of homeless people on the city’s streets.
“We don’t have enough resources at this time to house everyone, but we’re working through it,” he said.
Linda Walley has been homeless for a while. She had a large bruise on her right cheek from when she says she fell and “kissed the street”. She said she showed up to receive medical attention.
51-year-old Siatza Galla-Wega, who’s staying at a shelter with Social Security pending, says she’s a mother of six and was battered by her ex-husband, a former veteran.
“If I’m entitled to benefits for being married to him for 25 years, I’m going to get it,” she said.
Volunteers many from California Pacific Medical Center helped the homeless navigate the services, making a big difference for those who are struggling.