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Cashman Center connects the homeless with people who help

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Updated: 12/06/2012 7:11 pm
Today about 2,8000 homeless people streamed through Cashman Center today where they were able to get help for numerous needs in one place. News 3's Sandra Gonzalez reports from The Cashman Center where Project Homeless Connect just wrapped up.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Nearly 3,000 people were at the Cashman Center, trying to receive help. The people in this crowd were dealing with homelessness.

One of them was Leon Flores. He lost his construction job a couple of years ago and was evicted from his home. The Air Force veteran is trying to hold it together while raising two small children ages three and four alone.

“It's hard. What can I do? What can one do? You do the best you can,” Flores said.

His goal at this event was to find housing for his family.

“I need it really bad. My hopes are to really get something soon, but I’ll take it whenever I can get it,” Flores said.

Project Homeless Connect was designed to help the homeless or those on the verge of homelessness. It had services to meet just about every need in that situation from food, to clothing, haircuts, employment, legal, medical, even cell phones.

Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly says the homeless population increase has been impacted by the foreclosure crisis and job losses.

“There are so many who last year probably volunteered who are here today asking for help. There are so many of us today who are one paycheck from being homeless ourselves,” Weekly said.
Douglas Allen lost just lost his job and was hitting the employment booths hard. He’s afraid he’ll be evicted by New Year’s Day.

“You can't quit. You have to be steady at it because once you say you don't care you'll be on the street like everyone else out here,” Allen said.

Thousands patiently stood in line for whatever services they needed. But for Leon Flores, his focus was steadfast on his little ones.

“I love these guys. I love these guys!” he said.

And later that day he told News 3 the Rescue Mission stepped forward to offer him and his family temporary shelter at least until January, and that he’s very grateful.

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