10th annual Project Homeless Connect held

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - More than 1,000 homeless men, women and children were welcomed and connected to local social service providers at the 2018 Project Homeless Connect event Tuesday, January 30 at the Reno Events Center at 400 North Center Street from 7 a.m. to noon.

The event, coordinated by Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, provides people and families experiencing homelessness free services such as medical care, job assistance, mental health services, veterans’ services, housing information, and quality of life services such as haircuts. More than 75 local service providers attended this year. Nevada Health Centers Mammovan was on site offering free mammograms. Northern Nevada HOPES was also there with its mobile medical center, and Community Health Alliance offered dental services. Those who need additional care will have follow-up appointments after the event.

Several local businesses/organizations helped sponsor PHC, including Health Plan of Nevada, NV Energy, Silver Summit Health Plan, Sysco, St. Mary’s Health Network, The Big Reno Coat Drive, and Veterans Resource Center.

Project Homeless Connect has become an organized effort to coordinate services and assist people who are dealing with poverty and homelessness. It is held in more than 200 communities around the U.S. each year.