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San Diego County's Homeless Served At One-Day Resource Event

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San Diego County’s Homeless Served At One-Day Resource Event
San Diego County's Homeless Served At One-Day Resource Event
The 10th Project Homeless Connect, a one-day resource event at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego for the region's homeless population, attracted hundreds of people Wednesday.

The 10th Project Homeless Connect, a one-day resource event at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego for the region's homeless population, attracted 1,215 people Wednesday.

"This is one of the singular most-positive events that happens every year," Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.

"This is a chance for all of our volunteers and so many of our fantastic service providers throughout the city to come and give people a little extra help, provide folks with services they need," Faulconer said.

"And I think probably one of the most important things is to show that compassion San Diegans are known for," he said. "It's about treating people with dignity and respect, and helping people get off the street, and helping to change lives."

At the event, which began at 9 a.m. and goes through 3 p.m., the area's homeless can get a hot meal, receive such services as haircuts and legal help, and pick up donated items such as rain jackets, umbrellas, shoes, blankets and gloves.

Richard Gentry, president and CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission, said about 300 people were checked in during the first hour, and a line outside still stretched across the plaza of the Civic Center complex.

"I think what this indicates is two things — number one, a great need," Gentry said. "I think the second thing you see is the wonderful, giving nature of ordinary San Diegans."

According to the commission, 739 of those served Wednesday were men, 182 were military veterans, 1,026 were single, 92 were single parents, and all but around 100 were unemployed.

The event is organized by the commission, Father Joe's Villages, Family Health Centers of San Diego and the Interfaith Shelter Network.

On Friday, volunteers are scheduled to make the annual count of homeless throughout the county.

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