LAS VEGAS (AP) — Organizers expect thousands of homeless people at a Project Homeless Connect aid event at Cashman Center in Las Vegas.

The Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition says officials hope at least as many recipients turn out for the day-long event Wednesday as the more than 3,000 who received food, clothing, grooming, transportation, job readiness, child care and veteran services a year ago.

It’s the 21st year that Project Homeless Connect has offered help with housing, food, legal assistance, job training, health care and mental health and substance abuse counseling.

Hundreds of volunteers are also expected to help check-in, usher aid recipients through the event and clean-up.

A census in January tallied nearly 10,000 homeless on the streets or in crowded shelters in the Las Vegas area.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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