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San Diego's Project Homeless Connect To Kick Off Wednesday

San Diegans began dropping off clothing, blankets and other goods Tuesday in advance of the ninth Project Homeless Connect, which provides goods and services to the downtown homeless.

The event scheduled for Wednesday at Golden Hall is a one- stop shop of sorts where hundreds of homeless can get their hair cut, receive flu shots and enjoy warm meals. Also available are housing and employment counseling and legal referrals.

More than 850 people were served at the most recent event in December 2013, according to the organizer, the San Diego Housing Commission. The agency said 39 percent of those served were living on the streets, 15 percent were military veterans and almost 12 percent were families with children.


Among the items needed most, according to the commission, are new socks, new or gently used shoes, clothing — especially for men — coats, toothbrushes and toothpaste, blankets and sleeping bags.

Items can be dropped off Tuesday at Golden Hall, in the Civic Center complex at 202 C St., or the loading dock area at First Avenue and C Street, the commission said.