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Fewer homeless attend Downtown's Project Homeless Connect

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Fewer downtown San Diego homeless people than expected sought services at a one-day resource fair Wednesday in which they were given food, clothing and provided with social services.

The San Diego Housing Commission, which organized the eighth Project Homeless Connect, said 854 people were served at the event at Golden Hall. That figure is down about 300 from the number of people who showed up at a similar Jan. 30 event.

The organizers were prepared to serve more than 1,000 people. Nearly 1,150 sought help at the event in January, according to the commission.

"The good news is that fewer homeless San Diegans needed help from Project Homeless Connect, said Matthew Packard, vice president of the Housing Commission.

He said the opening in March of Connections Housing, which provides resources and more than 200 beds for the homeless in downtown San Diego, could be the reason for the lower turnout. The facility provides daily services for those without a place to live.

"Another factor may be that Project Homeless Connect was held early in the month, when some homeless San Diegans were given government assistance checks," Packard said.

Those who did seek assistance were provided clothing, toiletries, food and other services. Nearly 600 volunteers and numerous service organizations took part.

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