Anchorage’s homeless community had a one-stop shop for help Wednesday. The annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) took place at the William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center.


More than 60 service providers were on hand, offering everything from housing, counseling and legal services to haircuts, eye and foot care.


Organizers say the goal is to bring hope to homeless people and give them the tools to get off the streets, especially those struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues.


“They’re seen as negative. By being here, we see the positive,” said Trevor Storrs, a PHC coordinator. “We see the real personality. We don’t see the paper sign they’re holding. We see the soul and it’s amazing once you get to know them.”


Project Homeless Connect serves between 700 and 800 people each year. More than 200 volunteers made the event possible.


Storrs said showing people how they can make a difference for the homeless is another goal of the event.


“To let our community know the ways they can give back and make our community stronger,” he explained. “Our community is not measured on what the best have but really is measured on what the vulnerable have.”


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