Organizers In Corvallis Hope To Attract More People By Dropping "Homeless" From Name Of Event

Nov 15, 2013

A recent Project Homeless Connect event in Newport.
Credit Project Homeless Connect

In an effort to attract more people, the Benton County Project Resource Connect has dropped the word "homeless" from the name of their event.

Nationwide, homeless connect events are held as a one-stop shop for people needing assistance accessing services. Benton County Project Coordinator Johanna Peerenboom says they've dropped the word "homeless" from the title of their event.

Peerenboom: "We've opened up the event to low-income families and individuals because we thought that having homeless in the title might hinder those individuals from coming to the event and we'd like to get them at this event so they can take advantage of the resources as well because a lot of these people are really challenged by the pressures of daily survival so having it all in one place on one day definitely helps out with that."

Anyone in Benton County needing assistance is invited to attend a resource event on Saturday. There will be medical and dental screenings, haircuts, information about housing, rental assistance and other services.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Corvallis.