One-day resource fair to benefit the homeless in San Diego taking place Wednesday at Golden Hall

Volunteers, donations still needed for event

SAN DIEGO - A one-day resource fair in which the homeless in downtown San Diego will be provided critical goods and services is scheduled to take place Wednesday.
   
The eighth Project Homeless Connect, organized by the San Diego Housing Commission, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at Golden Hall. The last time the event was 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, this year's honorary chairman.
   
Councilwomen Myrtle Cole, Marti Emerald and Lorie Zapf are among those who have volunteered to provide assistance.
   
The Housing Commission last week put out a call for more help, saying it had just over half the 600 volunteers needed to run the event. The count of helpers climbed to 570 by Tuesday, according to the commission.
   
Volunteer duties range from serving lunch to helping participants find clothing that has been donated by San Diegans.
   
The commission still needs donations of men's clothing, particularly jeans, pants, shirts, winter jackets, sweatshirts, and new socks. Blankets and luggage on rollers are also needed.
   
Donations will be accepted outside the venue, which is in the Civic Center complex at 202 C St.
 

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