Charleston Rep. Wendell Gilliard wants the community to help improve the lives of homeless in South Carolina by hosting a summit on Thursday.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. It will be held at the International Longshoremen's Association Hall at 1142 Morrison Drive in Charleston.

All members of the community, including men and women who are homeless, are invited to attend.

The day will include a panel discussion from elected officials and their representatives, three short films that explore the matter and information about proposed law changes introduced by Gilliard. The afternoon portion of the summit will allow homeless and people who need help to interact with service providers.

The event will have a special focus on the state's homeless veterans.

"South Carolinians have suffered greatly from the economic recession," Gilliard said in a statement. "The unemployment rate is at its highest in over 25 years. As more people lose their jobs and are unable to pay their mortgage, we could see the number of homeless people in the state rise to unprecedented highs."

Read more in Tuesday's editions of The Post and Courier.