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Volunteers, Donations Needed For San Diego Homeless Event

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Volunteers and Donations Needed For Upcoming Homeless Event

In about two weeks, downtown’s Golden Hall will be the site of Project Homeless Connect, a resource fair for San Diego’s homeless population.

Rick Gentry, president and CEO with the San Diego Housing Commission said new or gently used clothing is needed, particularly coats and clothing for men, and blankets.

Organizers are also looking for 500 volunteers. Diane Stumph, with Father Joe's Villages, said they'll be providing food for about 1,000 homeless people, but anyone can volunteer no matter what your skill.

During the day-long event, homeless San Diegans will get connected to services and resources for free with the goal of getting more people off the streets.

"Employment agencies are desperately needed for the homeless because so many of them are looking for that job," Stumph said.

The Department of Motor Vehicles will also be there to take photos and provide identification cards.

Sgt. Teresa Clark, with the San Diego Police Department's homeless outreach team, said the resource fair offers another way to connect with those in need.

A federal study said San Diego has the third largest homeless population in the country behind Los Angeles and New York. With the help of volunteers last winter, Project Homeless Connect gave more than 850 people help, including haircuts, food, clothing and medical and dental screenings.

This year's event takes place at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Golden Hall, in the civic center complex at 202 C St.