People line up outside Cashman Center before the one-day Project Homeless Connect event. (Stefanie Jay/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Thousands in southern Nevada's homeless population will be getting health care, housing and job training assistance in an annual event on Thursday.
Project Homeless Connect at the Cashman Center provides those living on the streets with the help they need to stabilize their lives, organizers say.
The event is organized by a committee on homelessness from the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition.
In last year's one-day event, more than 3,000 people sought help from the program. They were assisted with food, legal assistance, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment, among many areas of help.
Organizers said a phone bank will be available to connect clients with friends and relatives who may be able to assist them.
In addition, hundreds of southern Nevada residents are stepping up to volunteer in the event.
According to a recent survey, more than 9,400 homeless people have been living on the streets or shelters in the area.
"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."
The event was scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Organizers also said they are seeking donations in the form of money, as well as bottled water and non-perishable food items.
For more information on donating to the event, you can call the Nevada Homeless Alliance at 702-743-1487.
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