Thousands of Homeless Getting Help Thursday
Thousands of homeless individuals are expected to attend Project Homeless Connect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Cashman Center at 850 N. Las Vegas Boulevard, which is on the corner of Washington Street and Las Vegas Boulevard.
The annual event connects the homeless with housing food, legal assistance, job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and other services. Also, this year there will be a phone bank at the event to give the homeless a chance to reach out to friends and relatives out of the area who may be able to assist them.
More than 3,000 homeless individuals received help during last year’s Project Homeless Connect, which is supported by a variety of local organizations and hundreds of volunteers.
Volunteers are still needed for this year’s event. Volunteers perform a variety of tasks including checking-in and escorting homeless individuals around Project Homeless Connect. Volunteers will be asked to arrive by 7 a.m. and stay until 4 p.m. but may spend a half-day at the event. For more information about volunteering at Project Homeless Connect call (702) 892-2300 or visit www.HelpHopeHome.org.
People may also help by making donation for the event. Items such as bus passes, cases of bottled water and non-perishable food items are still needed. Monetary donations are also appreciated. For more information about donating to the event call the Nevada Homeless Alliance at (702) 743-1487.
“There are thousands of people in our community who need a little help to get back on their feet,” said Tyrone Thompson, Regional Initiatives Coordinator for the SNRPC Committee on Homelessness. “Project Homeless Connect brings together organizations that provide a helping hand to our friends and neighbors who are struggling with homelessness.”
A comprehensive census conducted in January 2011 revealed more than 9,400 homeless people staying in shelters or on the streets.
Project Homeless Connect is coordinated by the SNRPC Committee on Homelessness’ Regional Initiatives Office and the Nevada Homeless Alliance (NHA). The Regional Initiatives Office works with local governments and other agencies, faith houses, advocacy groups and others concerned with the issues of homelessness and affordable housing through a coordinated and regional approach to planning and service provision. The NHA works with local agencies, volunteer groups, faith-based organizations and the corporate sector to create effective partnerships and promote collaboration through advocacy, events and education.
The event is also supported by Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City, and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Wells Fargo Charitable Foundation, MGM Resorts International, Catholic Charities, and others. Event participants are expected to include Clark County Social Service, the City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas Courts, emergency shelter and housing providers, Nevada Health Centers, employment training agencies, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, street outreach service providers, state welfare and mental health agencies, the Veterans Administration, faith-based groups and various social service providers.
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