Free basic services offered to homeless in Denver

9NEWS at 4 p.m. 11/3/16.

DENVER - For many homeless people in Denver, finding the simple necessities needed just to survive everyday can be a challenge.

Thursday, they had the chance to find many services and resources they need - all in one place.

Denver's Road Home, a city program to help fight homelessness, brought more than 100 service providers together to provide free services to people in need.

"What they get here today is a plethora of resources, service providers on sight, everything from sandwiches to clothing pick up, medical attention, employment and resume writing," Bennie Milliner, executive director of Denver's Road Home said.

While Milliner listed a lot, there were even more services being offered Thursday.

Milliner said the event is a strong reminder about the struggles homeless people face just getting basics needs every day.

"It's difficult, sometimes, navigating the systems that provide services to our vulnerable residents," said Milliner. "We see this as an opportunity to provide those services, but also to give them information about where other services might be that they can access."

There were about 800 to 900 volunteers helping people navigate the services at Project Homeless Connect Thursday. 

Volunteers' help is really important, Milliner said about 1,800 people usually attend the event looking for help.

"Homelessness is a community issue, any one of us are one, two, maybe three paychecks away from finding ourselves in this position. So when you see the homeless I think the number one emotion I like to see from people is compassion," Milliner said. "These are fellow human beings, they are fellow residents and they are not less than, they are part of our community."

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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