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Services to help homeless gather today at Convention Center

More than 100 service providers -- from emergency housing to barbers and mental health specialists -- will gather today to help hundreds of people in need of jobs and homes at the Convention Center.

“Project Homeless Connect” will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 153 Franklin St. The initiative, founded in San Francisco in 2004, started in Buffalo five years ago in an effort to make it easier for people to navigate the social service system.

“This event removes barriers such as transportation, difficulty in communication, and just complete lack of understanding, and allows individuals to discover available resources,” said Kathleen Hein, co-chairwoman of Project Homeless Connect, in a press release statement.

People who attended last year received assistance from about 10 services, such as credit counseling, education, veterans services, dental care and disease testing.

“A client can walk into the Convention Center with nothing and walk out with their lives changed,” said Megan Bingham, Project Homeless co-chairwoman. For more information, visit