Hunter Homeless Connect Inc. is a volunteer not-for-profit organisation that coordinates the annual Hunter Homeless Connect Day event and the Connecting the Hunter Program.
Hunter Homeless Connect Day
Hunter Homeless Connect Day is an annual event that links people to vital services such as accommodation and housing providers, health and wellbeing, legal and financial assistance, employment, study, and general support to people who are experiencing homelessness, doing it tough and/or are at risk of homelessness. This is delivered in an environment that maintains dignity, fosters a culture of connectedness, and encourages a sense of being a valued member of the community. Hunter Homeless Connect Day is delivered by a ‘community coalition’ of government and non-government services and volunteers, with in-kind and financial support from organisations, community partners and individuals across the Hunter.
Connecting the Hunter Program
Connecting the Hunter program provides a dignified and practical way for people experiencing homelessness, to identify inclusive and welcoming environments, have access to services and connection to members of the community who would like to donate their goods, facilities and services, without judgment. The businesses/providers are identified by a "Connecting the Hunter" decal in their windows indicating that they provide connection and services to people experiencing homelessness. People experiencing homelessness will receive vouchers via referral from specialist homelessness services to be used at the nominated businesses and services, to help with their immediate needs.