Several times each year, students and faculty from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry give their time and talent to give dental care to San Francisco's homeless through the city-supported event Project Homeless Connect (PHC). At each event, volunteers provide dental screenings, basic care and complex treatment to homeless individuals at no cost to the patients.
Volunteers from the dental school have been providing oral health care services through Project Homeless Connect since 2007. To date, more than 800 homeless San Franciscans have received dental screenings, teeth cleanings, restorations or much-needed oral surgery as result of this effort.
Project Homeless Connect was launched in San Francisco in October 2004. Today, the volunteer and outreach event is emulated in 200 cities across the United States as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. Every other month more than 1,000 community volunteers partner with city government, non-profits and the private sector to provide a one-stop shop of health and human services for homeless San Franciscans.