Tips for Approaching Homeless People
These tips are from Project Homeless Connect (PHC) Outreach Walk and have been modified to be for more general use. These modifications are not from PHC. The outreach walk is a good way to get experience outreaching to a variety homeless people with support. You can sign up here.
Be safe, be aware, and notice!
• Treat everyone with respect and dignity. You can make someone's day simply by being polite and friendly (remember the last time someone treated you nicely in public?).
A pdf of Tips for Approaching Homeless People can be download by clicking here.
Small Items that a Homeless Person May Need
- Food (especially portable like bars, unless they are hungery at the time.)
- Water Bottle
- Antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes.
- Comb or Pick
- Hand Sanitizer Gel
- Information on Project Homeless Connect
If you have any ideas to add to this list, please share: [email protected]
Download, print, cut Project Homeless Connect (PHC) business cards that can be given to homeless people. Click here for the pdf. It is fine to print them on regular paper to give out. You can print only one side, but if you print both side on a single paper, the back and front of the business cards should line up.
A little about Project Homeless Connect (PHC)
PHC uses a unique approach to service delivery to meet the needs of homeless San Franciscans. We are serving more than 6,000 people every year through Community Day of Service events and in-house weekly services. In one day at a Community Day of Service event, a person experiencing homelessness can find services that would otherwise take months to secure. Volunteers, nonprofits, and government agencies provide participants with services through PHC. These services include dental care, eyeglasses, HIV testing, HepA Vaccines, housing information, groceries, hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, SSI benefits, legal advice, California identification cards, voice mail accounts, employment counseling/job placement, wheelchair repair, addiction services, and more.
In 2012, we launched Every Day Connect, our weekly in-office program. Every Day Connect is a program within PHC that builds on the success of our large-scale service events. Every Day Connect works to connect people experiencing homelessness with social and medical services and resources on a daily basis.
PHC is a program of the San Francisco Public Health Foundation, a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.
Project Homeless Connect (PHC) Volunteer Opportunities
In-Office VolunteersWe often have volunteer opportunities supporting our extensive EveryDay Connect program. Whether providing extra in-office support to our resource specialists, or answering our Resource Line, our volunteers help PHC run efficiently. To learn more about ongoing roles, please inquire at [email protected].
Outreach WalksCome connect to our neighbors on the street through our Open House Outreach Walks! You’ll get to know each other through a compassion building training on homelessness in the Bay Area, and then raise awareness about homeless services in the course of offering resources such as fresh socks and snacks directly. Bring your friends and family, 18 years old and up, every First Friday of the Month from 9:00AM to 12:00PM! Sign-up here! Project Homeless Connect (PHC) Volunteer Webpage for all opportunities: https://www.projecthomelessconnect.org/volunteer/individuals/
San Francisco Free Help Charts
You can download six charts in English or Spanish) to help people in need find free food, shelter, medical aid, mental aid and help with neighborhood problems in San Francisco. The charts are updated on a quarterly basis.
I Just want to Donate to a Worthwhile Homeless Organizations in San Francisco
Lava Mae https://lavamae.org/
Project Homeless Connect https://www.projecthomelessconnect.org/donate/donate-now/
Experimental Inner Sunset Homeless People Project
A larger approach to this is Handup.org: https://handup.org/members#category/spotlight
After asking a homeless person if they want to participate, people can send in details of what they know or find out about the homeless people living in the Inner Sunset. If it is OK with them, we can do small bio pages here. If people, a city agency, or non-profit are actively helping a homeless person, we can list that here. We will see what happens.
• Picture if it is OK with them
• How long have they been homeless?
• Their history.
o Where did they come from?
o Family members?
People will have to e-mail me details as they find them out: [email protected]
It is helpful if the information comes in a form that can be copied and pasted.
While it is encouraged that people discuss the homeless people and homeless problem on forums like NextDoor, I will not publish information from a forum. It is important that people e-mail me with what they want published to the project. By e-mailing me, you acknowledge what you want to share. Your e-mail and name will not be published unless you want them to be. InnerSunsetSF.org is not a commercial entity so no data sharing with anyone.
If you have any suggestions for the homeless people project, Please Share.
David- Older gentleman who sits around Lincoln and 9th Ave Golden Gate Park entrance. He has been in the neighborhood a number of years. Non-aggressive.