The City of Virginia Beach will conduct the annual Point-in-Time Count of people who are experiencing homelessness beginning the evening of Thursday, Jan. 30, through Friday, Jan. 31.
During the count, teams of volunteers, nonprofit partners and city staff will canvass locations throughout the city and survey people who are without shelter. Winter Shelter Program participants and those living in emergency shelter and transitional housing are also surveyed during the 24-hour period.
Volunteers, who are at least 18 years old, are needed to help with the street outreach portion during the count. Mandatory training will be provided. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Karen Prochilo at (757) 385-5803 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 27.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that the city conduct the Point-in-Time Count to receive federal funds through the Continuum of Care. Each year, more than $1 million is granted through the Continuum of Care to Virginia Beach agencies that provide emergency housing and services to the homeless.
The city Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation is leading the effort, in partnership with the Departments of Human Services, Police and Public Health, the BEACH Community Partnership and citizen volunteers.