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					                                        Atlanta Homeless Connect
                   (Georgia’s version of the federal model – National Project Homeless Connect)


We are using the federal government National Project Homeless Connect model to collaborate with community
organizations and other universities to create a “Homeless Resource Day” called Atlanta Homeless Connect. We have
broken up into the following committees:

Committee at Kennesaw State University


 HAW at KSU
 Committee                   First Name Last Name                       Agency
                                                                        KSU Faculty and Assistant to the
                                                   Wachniak,            Provost at Kennesaw State
 Chairperson                 Lana                  Ph.D.                University

                                                                        Program Coordinator, KSU Life
                             Janese                Thompson             Long Learning Center

                                                                        Director, KSU Student Leadership
                             Rian                  Satterwhite          Program
                                                                        Associate Director, KSU Student
                             Karen                 Heilman              Leadership Program

                                                                        KSU Faculty, College of Social
                             Robin                 Crawford             Sciences
                                                   Bunch-
                             Delores               Keemer               Living Room, Inc.

                             Bernadette            Haynes               KSU Police


Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW) is an annual event that takes place on the campus of Kennesaw State University to
create awareness about homelessness. This five-day event contains three days of workshops, and a two-day homeless
simulation. One of the most profound events during last year’s HAW was the interaction between student, homeless
performers, and agency staff. We hope to replicate this portion of the event and create an enriching experience for students,
faculty, consumers, and collaborating partners.

There will be a few modifications to last year’s model for HAW. New to the event this year is a one-day conference
containing breakout sessions for faculty and students to engage with community leaders in homelessness topics. During
HAW at KSU 2009 we will be working with our new collaborative partner, United Way, to create a new experience for
students and consumers. We will team students with a homeless person (sort of a mentor/men-tee relationship). This event is
being tailor-made to accommodate the university’s semester schedule and to allow for educational assessments.

Living Room, Inc. is collaborating with Kennesaw State University, community organizations and other universities to
create a Project Homeless Connect. This resource day will provide our homeless constituency and students with information
to community agencies for supportive services and volunteer opportunities. This event will take place in Fulton and Cobb
Counties (at two collaborative partner's agencies) and will be the finale of "HAW at KSU 2009". The Living Room and the
HAW committee will facilitate this event by working with collaborative partners serving homeless constituents in both Cobb
and Fulton Counties.
Committees Facilitated by United Way and Living Room, Inc.


                                          First             Last
 Committee Name                           Name              Name              Agency
 Atlanta Homeless
 Connect Lead Steering                                      Bunch-
 Committee                                Delores           Keemer            Living Room, Inc.
                                          Amber             Scott             United Way
 (Reception)                              Terry             Tucker            The Sullivan Center

 Steering Committee                                                           Total body of agencies

 Sub Committees:
                                                                              Covenant Community
 Services/Activities                      Sarah             Ford              Inc
                                          Bonni             Ware              Mayor's Office
                                                                              Anti-Aging and Vitality
                                          Corde             Carter            Center
                                          Tangeel           Watson            Novelis
                                                                              Trinity Community
                                          Tom               Garner            Ministries


 Site/Logistics/Arrangements Drew                           Benton            Safe House
                             Deanna                         Mingo             Living Room Inc

 Marketing/Sponsorship                    Debi              Eldridge          Gateway Center
                                                                              Anti-Aging and Vitality
                                          Corde             Carter            Center
                                          Tangeel           Watson            Novelis

 Provider Training                        Terri             Crouch            RCOH
                                          Protip            Biswas            RCOH
                                          Carol             Gray              UWMA

                                                                              Covenant Community
 Volunteer/Clients                        Debra             Davis             Inc

This resource day will provide our homeless constituency and students with information to community agencies and connect
them with supportive services and volunteer opportunities. This event will take place in Fulton and Cobb Counties (at two
collaborative partner's agencies) and will be the finale of "HAW at KSU 2009". The Living Room and the HAW committee
will facilitate this event by working with collaborative partners serving homeless constituents in both Cobb and Fulton
Counties.

Interim Budget for Atlanta Homeless Connect:
Budget for the DCA Project Homeless Connect Grant

Venue – Georgia State University (tentatively)                                             $350.00*
Tables, chairs, podium, AV equipment, tents, canteen                                          0.00*
Insurance, security, janitorial,                                                            350.00
Signage, posters, flyers, advertisement, PSA, website development                           400.00
Support of Homeless Constituents at HAW                                                     900.00
Total From DCA Grant                                                                      $2000.00

Gifts in Kind

Volunteers                                                                                 7000.00
Food – Salvation Army, Food Bank and other Gifts in Kind                                   8000.00
Paper products, napkins, eating utensils, plates, cups, trash bags, miscellaneous          1200.00
Beauticians, Barbers, podiatry, dental and health exams, clothing, food                    2000.00
Entertainment – movie or live performers (Spoken Word, Actors, Singers)                    5000.00
Total Gifts in Kind                                                                     $23,200.00

Budget for United Way Grant

Advertising, promotional materials, Flyers, Posters, Signage                              2000.00
On-site logistical expenses (intake forms, decorations, etc.)                             1500.00
Volunteer service expenses (barber chairs, mirrors, curtains, etc.)                        500.00
Face painters, balloon artists, sketch artists, school mascots                             500.00
Staff and volunteer t-shirts                                                              1000.00
Transportation                                                                            1000.00
Total from United Way Grant                                                              $7000.00

*Georgia State will provide all ancillary items needed to conduct this event.

Consumers will benefit from this event in a number of ways. First, the interaction between consumers and students will
create friendships and should motivate and encourage homeless participants to set goals to work toward ending their current
situation. It is our hope that students will encourage and help their men-tee/mentor to reach set goals. Second, students will
learn that all homeless people do not choose to be homeless and, in many cases, individuals may have been overcome by life
challenges. Finally, Atlanta Homeless Connect will provide a forum for both students and consumers access to resources
and create positive discussions on solutions to end homelessness.


The Scope of Atlanta Homeless Connect:

Proposed: Political/Community Will: If successful, we will create a learning opportunity for students, agencies, faculty and
consumers and open discussions about the homeless epidemic and it's affects in Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas.

Actual: Kennesaw State University is creating a bridge to the educational component at HAW and continuation of learning
opportunities from Homelessness Awareness Week to Atlanta Homeless Connect. It is our hope that students will continue
to participate in the hands-on portion of this learning experience and volunteer to work this event.

Proposed: Partnership: As noted previously, Homelessness Awareness Week brings together collaborative partners,
consumers and students to learn and network with one another.

Actual: This event is creating collaboration opportunities between educational institutions, non-profit agencies and local
government offices to participate together in helping the homeless in the Metro Atlanta area. We already have 14 non-profit
agencies that are committed to participating in sub-committees and planning meetings for this event. If the event is held at
Georgia State, Kennesaw State University HAW committee will work in collaboration with Georgia State University to
bring together students to engage homeless individuals during this event. (Please see the charts above).
Proposed: Planning Team: A HAW committee consists of university staff, faculty and community leaders who come
together each year to provide and share the homeless experience with students. Homeless Resource Day will be a new
planning component to be added to the committee.

Actual: The planning component for the Homeless Resource Day (Atlanta Homeless Connect) is being conducted at both
Kennesaw State and United Way. So far the two committees have found a positive way to join the two events together and
continue the learning experience for students and resources for the homeless community. (Please see the charts above for
members of both committees)

Proposed: Site Selection: Although a site has not been selected, the following are options: Rented space at a hotel close to
MARTA, Family Life Restoration Center, Cobb Family Resources, United Way Loudermilk and/or Milner Room.

Actual: We are having difficulty identifying a site to hold Atlanta Homeless Connect. The Loudermilk has turned out to be
very expensive although Family Life Restoration Center is still a confirmed venue the logistics may be too much to conduct
events in both places on the same day.

Proposed: Services: The goal is to connect consumers and students to homeless resources within the community and create
volunteerism for the students and direct services for consumers.

Actual: Connecting students and consumers to resources is the major focus of the steering committee and remains part of
the mission for this event.

Proposed: Consumer Engagement: Consumers will be directly involved with their mentor/men-tees during HAW. Also
consumers will benefit from access to direct services.

Actual: This portion of the event has been planned in the schedule of Homelessness Awareness Week and students will
have the opportunity to interview and engage homeless individuals both in Atlanta and on the campus of KSU.

Proposed: Media: News Releases will be sent, Public Service Announcements will be produced for all media outlets. The
event will be video taped and edited for airing sometime in the future.

Actual: We are looking at outsourcing a portion of this to an agency that has volunteered their services for production of
PSA’s and as soon as the venue is confirmed news releases will be sent to a variety of media outlets.

Proposed: Data and Results: Statistics will be kept on the number of consumers who participated in the mentor/men-tee
program and the resource day.

Actual: We will have a central intake of clients that will allow us to gather information on the participants (volunteers,
students, and consumers).

Proposed: Event Execution: A report of the data and results will be created and shared with the media, DCA and Kennesaw
State University.

Actual: This compliance portion will be completed once the event has taken place and the data is collected

Proposed: The Living Room and the HAW committee will take leading roles to create a final learning experience for
students/consumers and provide access to direct services for consumers. This event also allows the men-tee/mentor
participants a final chance to interact before the end of the semester.

Actual: Connecting students and consumers to resources is the major focus of the steering committee and remains part of
the mission for this event.

				
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