Project Homeless Connect highlights services


By Sue Cody

If you could use permanent housing, assistance with food, health care, ID replacement or social services, head to the Seaside Convention Center on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Clatsop Community Action hosts a one-stop event for these services and much more, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Clatsop County’s Project Homeless Connect will serve upwards of 200 people with about 40 booths. Social service agencies, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, state and federal government entities gather in one place to connect the community with services. 

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Individuals are guided to the services that will meet their needs. In addition to housing, health care and social services, Project Homeless Connect offers:

• Free bus ride to the event
• Hot meal
• Help to sign up for the Oregon Health Plan
• Vision screening
• Immunizations
• Dental care information
• Haircuts

Connecting to health care

Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) will help people connect with the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). People can find out if they are eligible based on income and enroll if they are.

 Reaching people without permanent housing is a challenge, says Caleb Green, CareOregon’s community outreach coordinator. If OHP members don’t update the agency on their address, they may lose coverage, even if they are still eligible. Green will help people check OHP eligibility and renewal status.

 Visitors to the Columbia Pacific CCO booth can also learn about the range of health care covered by OHP (Medicaid). All OHP medical services are delivered at no cost to members, including dental care and transportation to appointments.

 The Providence Seaside Hospital booth will have information on its dental van that offers free care for those without dental coverage. Its Healthy Smiles program connects school children with a dentist and coordinates the state dental sealant program in Clatsop County schools.

 Providence will also have information about Community Connections Transportation, no-cost ride to medical and wellness transportation for clients who meet the federal poverty guideline. Providence will also have OHP assisters to help people sign up for Medicaid.

Community partners

Local nonprofits, businesses and agencies combine forces at this event to help residents get services they need.

• Columbia Memorial Hospital sponsors shower vouchers. 
• Providence Hospital Community Health sponsors the meal. 
• Astoria Lions Club sponsors the Mobile Health Screening. 
• Sunset Empire Transportation System sponsors riders’ appreciation day with free bus service.
• Lighthouse Christian Church serves the meals. 
• Goodwill offers job connections. 
• Jordan’s Hope for Recovery helps people connect to services that help fight alcohol and drug addiction. 

The Way to Wellville and its sponsor the Columbia Pacific CCO support healthy lifestyles and access to services.

Volunteer opportunity

If you would like to volunteer to help with registration or act as a guide, email Viviana Mattews at or call 503-325-1400, ext. 1031.