San Francisco’s homeless population is among the highest per capita in the country. In 2003, when Gavin Newsom was elected Mayor, he recognized that existing initiatives and funding streams were failing to address the growing humanitarian and economic crisis. Mayor Newsom tapped Alex Tourk, then Deputy Chief of Staff, to collaboratively create a new strategy for helping the city’s homeless population. Alex began with The Department of Public Health’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), organizing their efforts into a larger, city-wide coordination service. His efforts resulted in Project Homeless Connect (PHC), an organization that united city agencies, the business community, several non-profit organizations, and a wide network of volunteers, in order to create one-day events which would provide homeless people with access to a variety of social and health services. By August of 2013, PHC had registered as an independent charitable organization, and is now jointly funded by public and private sources, offering the homeless community on-going, sustainable access to services.