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San Diego Homeless Project Looking For 300 Volunteers

Organizers of an upcoming one-day resource fair in which the homeless in downtown San Diego will be provided critical goods and services put out a call for more volunteers Wednesday.

Around 600 volunteers are required to pull off the eighth Project Homeless Connect, scheduled for Dec. 4 at Golden Hall, but only 311 have signed up so far, according to the San Diego Housing Commission.

At the previous Project Homeless Connect, held on Jan. 30, more than 1,100 homeless individuals, including 92 families with children, were provided with clothing, toiletries, food and other goods and services.

More than half of those served had a medical condition or some type of disability, and 17 percent were veterans, according to Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, the honorary chairman of the event.

Councilwomen Myrtle Cole, Marti Emerald and Lorie Zapf are among those who have volunteered for next week's edition.

The Housing Commission said volunteer duties range from serving lunch to assisting participants to find clothing that has been donated by San Diegans.

Those who cannot volunteer time can donate new or gently-used items.

The commission said there have been plenty of donations of items for women and children, but not enough for men. Among the needed men's items are new socks, pants, shoes, sweatshirts, winter jackets, and suitcases on rollers.

Donations can be dropped off at the Housing Commission offices, 1122 Broadway, or on Tuesday at Golden Hall, in the Civic Center Complex at 202 C St.

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