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  Contact: Amanda Kim, Public Information Officer
November 10, 2010                    County of San Mateo Human Services Agency
                                                      Phone: 650-802-6433, e-mail: akim@smchsa.org

“Connect” Event to Address Homelessness in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto, Calif. – On November 18, Project WeHOPE’s warming shelter in East Palo Alto, along with the County of San Mateo Human Services Agency, will offer EPA Connect II, a day of assistance, counseling and care for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. Over 25 community and governmental agencies will come together to help homeless adults, youth, families and seniors receive short-term assistance with food, shelter and medical care, and long-term assistance with recovery services, veterans benefits and employment services.

“By bringing state, local and nonprofit agencies under one roof, we’re creating a clearinghouse to deliver services quickly and efficiently,” said Pastor Paul Bains, Executive Director of Project WeHOPE, “Participants will leave EPA Connect II with referrals to services that will help them regain stability and we’ll bring some care and comfort to those who are experiencing the worst of the economic recession.”

On-site bicycle repairs, flu shots, haircuts, a hot meal and the county’s mobile health clinic will also be available.

This is the second Homeless Connect Event offered by Project WeHOPE, the County of San Mateo Human Services Agency and the EPA Connect Oversight Committee, a community-based group that came together in response to the 2009 San Mateo County Homeless Census, which identified that a high percentage (13%) of the county’s homeless population lives in East Palo Alto.

Event Information:
EPA Connect II
November 18, 2010
9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

1858-B Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA

For more information, call (650) 373-1084 or (650) 802-6590 or visit www.projectwehope.org.


The County of San Mateo Human Services Agency assists individuals and families to achieve economic self sufficiency, promotes community and family strength, and works to ensure child safety and well-being.
Amanda Kim, MPA



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