Project Homeless Connect is set for January 23rd at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church from 10 am to 4 pm. the annual program offers Grays Harbor’s homeless some of the basic needs that we may take for granted, including basic medical and dental care, access to education, employment and benefits systems, chemical dependency information, flu shots, haircuts.

Volunteers will also be collecting information for the state’s “Point in Time count,” as mandated by the federal Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act. While no personally identifiable information is collected, the sheltered and unsheltered homeless in Washington are counted for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

According to Washington’s Point-In-Time count last year, Grays Harbor had a total of 130 homeless persons, 35 temporarily living with friends or family, and 22 designated as “chronically homeless”

HUD and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper are joining forces to “Make Everyone Count,” a national campaign to support local one-night counts of homeless persons and families. Cyndi Lauper and the True Colors Fund’s Forty to None Project produced a national public service announcement to encourage viewers to contribute their time to gather needed data on the scale of homelessness throughout the U.S.

Watch Cyndi’s message and learn how you can get involved in making sure that “Everyone Counts!”.

Because Project Homeless Connect is volunteer-driven locally, they are always looking for people interested in community involvement and human connection. They can also always use donations, wool socks, new “outdoor” boots, and sleeping bags are among items they would like to give out. Donations can be dropped off at the Coastal Community Action Program. Financial donations are also welcome toward the purchase of these items and can be mailed to the CCAP office at 117 E. Third Street in Aberdeen.

Due to the variety of programs available at CCAP, they ask that you don’t forget to specify what the donation is for.

Grays Harbor’s event will take place Thursday, January 23rd, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen.