The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership (SBCHP) is committed to establishing and maintaining strong ties with the community. Through volunteer participation in various projects, the SBCHP helps to create a bond between the Partnership, Homeless Service Providers and the community. These projects consist of a biennial Point In Time Count, an Annual Shelter Count, Project Homeless Connects, and an annual Homeless Summit. Additionally, SBCHP promotes learning and education throughout technical assistance and workshops offered to the Homeless Service Providers.
2016 Redlands Project Connect
The Redlands Project Connect was held at the Redlands First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Approximately 200 attendees received services from 40 vendors who provided them with medical, legal, and veteran information, to name a few. Attendees were also provided with lunch from Hogi Yogi and a tote bag containing hygiene items. They also had an opportunity to take groceries provided by the Asian-Pacific Ministry of the Diocese of San Bernardino. Pastor JT Greenleaf of Redlands First United Methodist Church opened the event with an invocation, followed by a few words from San Bernardino County Program Manager II of the TAY Center, Andre Bossieux. Chairman of the Board and Third District Supervisor James Ramos closed the opening with a few inspiring words for the community.
Annual Homeless Summit
The County of San Bernardino Homeless Partnership hosted the 10th Annual Homeless Summit on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Redlands University Orton Center. The Summit was attended by approximately 300 guests, including community and faith-based organizations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, private industry, state, and local government representatives. The theme for the Summit was “Housing First.” Philip Mangano, Founder and President of the American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness, served as the emcee for the event. Speakers included the Father of Housing First, Dr. Sam Tsemberis, PhD, Founder, Pathways to Housing, and Dr. Benjamin Henwood, PhD, MSW, University of Southern California. Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, and Third District Supervisor James Ramos also provided words of inspiration and encouragement to the audience. The afternoon provided information about the Coordinated Entry Workflow and Rapid Re-Housing: An Effective Strategy to Ending Homelessness.