What is Hunter Homeless Connect Inc.?
Hunter Homeless Connect Inc. is a volunteer not-for-profit organisation that coordinates the annual Hunter Homeless Connect Day event and the Connecting the Hunter Program.
Hunter Homeless Connect Day
Hunter Homeless Connect Day links people to vital services such as accommodation and housing providers, health and wellbeing, legal and financial assistance, employment, study, and general support to people who are experiencing homelessness, doing it tough and/or are at risk of homelessness.
This is delivered in an environment that maintains dignity, fosters a culture of connectedness, and encourages a sense of being a valued member of the community. To get a feel for the event take a look at our 2018 event here
The event has been running since 2009 and each year up to 1,500 guests attend, accessing a one-stop-shop of human and community services, including free haircuts, massages, immunisations, birth certificates, bedding, phone cards, food, clothing and much more.
Hunter Homeless Connect Day is delivered by a ‘community coalition’ of government and non-government services and volunteers, with in-kind and financial support from organisations, community partners and individuals across the Hunter. Donations can be made at any time via Give Now.
Connecting the Hunter Program
Hunter Homeless Connect Inc. secured a $46,000.00 Social Investment Grant in late 2018 from Community Sector Banking to provide an opportunity for local businesses to support people experiencing homelessness.
The program will provide a dignified and practical way for people experiencing homelessness, to distinguish between places that would accept or reject them and create access to services and connection to members of the community who would like to donate their goods, facilities and services. The businesses/providers will be identified by people experiencing homelessness by a "Connecting the Hunter" decal in their windows indicating that they provide connection and services to people experiencing homelessness. People experiencing homelessness will receive vouchers via referral from specialist homelessness services to be used at the nominated businesses and services, to help with their immediate needs.
There are many ways you can get involved with Hunter Homeless Connect, through volunteering, sponsorship, community partnerships, donations, fundraising and participation in our key events.
The next Hunter Homeless Connect Day event will be held at Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 7th August 2019.
DOWNLOAD THE LATEST COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS BOOKLET HERE!