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Lincoln City Project Homeless Connect innovates

Amanda Suzanne Cherryholmes
Amanda Suzanne Cherryholmes

Several county services assisted the homeless at Lincoln City’s Project Homeless Connect 2019 Thursday morning at the Lincoln City Resource Center & Emergency Warming Shelter.

Services such as a dental van, Oregon Health Plan enrollment, Lincoln County Mental Health, bus tickets and hot meals were available to members of the homeless community who walked through the door.

Project Homeless Connect Lincoln City
A woman checks in for the Dental Van service offering tooth extractions and fillings

Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is an international resource fair held at the end of January to assist the homeless population with job assistance, clothing, haircuts, hygiene, dental care and a variety of social service programs, including legal aid and the Point In Time Count, which gives an accurate census of the homeless population. PHC has been adopted by more than 220 communities in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Lincoln City’s PHC is organized by Lincoln City Resource Center & Emergency Warming Shelter Director Amanda Suzanne Cherryholmes, who spoke about her innovative approach to a program already recognized by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness as a process that can move people quickly toward housing stability.

“I went to the Newport PHC last year and thought, we do most of these things, we need one in Lincoln City to get additional services to the people in need that we can’t provide” Cherryholmes said. “We are the first county doing PHC as themed months.”

Lincoln City Project Homeless Connect
A person is assisted with Oregon Health Plan enrollment

According to Cherryholmes, with themed months, the focus on PHC can be year-round rather than just the month of January.

Cherryholmes’ year-long plan:

January – Health & Wellness
February – Employment & Haircuts
March – Pets
April – Service Providers & Haircuts
May – Family Services
June – Addiction & Haircuts
July – Shelters
August – Health, Wellness & Haircuts
September – Employment
October – Service Providers & Haircuts
November – Veterans Services
December – Addiction & Haircuts

Lincoln City Resource Center also offers showers and laundry to the homeless above and beyond what PHC offers nationally.

The Lincoln City Resource Center has proven itself a capable homeless service provider, finding permanent housing for a significant number of its clients by instituting a process that tailors solutions to individuals utilizing a 68-question demographic form and obtaining birth certificates, Identification and Social Security cards.

The Resource Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Monday through Friday.

The Warming Shelter is open mid-November to mid-February when it is below 40 degrees, and extends into March, if weather permits.

Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin Werner is the founder and editor of the Lincoln City Homepage, a trusted source of local news and information for residents and visitors of Lincoln City, Oregon. He is also a community leader, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for transparency and accountability in local government.


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