Housing Partners with UNC School of Social Work
UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Alex Lombardi had an aha moment shortly after she began working as an intern for the Housing Department.
Public housing neighborhoods in Chapel Hill are surrounded by student housing. But the communities and residents don’t really mix.
“In Chapel Hill, public housing is so well integrated, that many students are unaware,” she said. “When you’re a student you’re in a sort of bubble.”
Now Lombardi wants to get to know her neighbors – and it’s because of where she works. She is the first student from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in a new field instruction course based at the Town of Chapel Hill Housing Department.
Project Connect Returns to Hargraves Center
The 10th Project Connect will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hargraves Community Center located at 216 North Roberson St., Chapel Hill.
Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop service event to connect people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness with a broad range of services including housing, employment, physical and mental health care, veterans’ and social service benefits, legal services, and more.
Volunteer time-slots are available the evening on Wednesday, Oct. 18 and on Thursday Oct. 19 – community members are encouraged to sign up online to volunteer. The Partnership is also soliciting donations to help with the event – items in the giveaway bags and food items. Please find out more and sign up on the Partnership to End Homelessness website:
“Project Connect provides a wide range of assistance in one location with a tremendous outpouring of respect and hospitality,” said Corey Root, Orange County Homeless Programs Coordinator. “The event enables service agencies to efficiently reach many people in a single day, and it educates the community about the issues of homelessness.”