"Project Homeless Connect Week" Begins - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

"Project Homeless Connect Week" Begins

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Project Homeless Connect Week is underway in the capital city.

The first event kicked off Tuesday morning at Smith Park in downtown Jackson.

Organizers held a one-stop service fair for the homeless. Participants were offered free health check-ups, housing assistance and much more.

It's estimated that over 300 homeless individuals showed up. Experts believe at least 1,000 people in Jackson are homeless.

Project Homeless Connect is aimed at raising public awareness, as well as helping the homeless get back on their feet.

"They will receive services and get hooked up with services that they haven't been able to get hooked up with, and that can go a long way in the long run. And then it brings awareness, we have to continue to bring awareness to the public," said Heather Ivery, the City of Jackson's homeless coordinator.

"It's helpful, but only to those that's going to take the information and use it. Because everything is provided for a lot of people, if you don't use it, it won't help you," said Charles Williams Richardson, a participant.

 The week's events include with a free lunchtime concert featuring homeless musicians Thursday in Smith Park.

On Friday, there will be daylong conference on homelessness at Galloway United Methodist Church downtown.

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