FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Homelessness is a problem around the world, but it can be especially difficult, or even dangerous, during frigid Fairbanks winters. Project Homeless Connect is a one-day, one-stop event to help provide housing, services and hospitality directly to people experiencing poverty in Fairbanks.
Organizers say it's a way to bring service providers, government agencies, and the general community together to help those in need.
Housing and homeless coordinator for the city of Fairbanks, Mike Sanders, says this year's event is a way for people to make contact with a variety of resources.
"We have all the major resources in town, all in one spot, so that anybody that is experiencing a housing barrier can come here and get through some of the nonsense with having all the agencies right next to each other. It's connecting people with resources. There shouldn't be any stigma or anything attached to it. We just want to help people who just want to get connected to the services that are available here in town," he said.
The event will be held on Wednesday, January 23 at the Pioneer Park Exhibit Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.