The Point-in-Time Count of people who are experiencing homelessness has been rescheduled for the evening of Thursday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 21.
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.
In coordination with the Point-in-Time Count, Project Homeless Connect has also been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, 212 19th St.
During Project Homeless Connect, families and individuals without regular shelter or permanent housing will have one-stop access to a variety of services and resources designed to assist them in moving closer to ending their homelessness. These include employment agencies, Social Security assistance, social services, veterans’ services and other related resources. Participants may also receive donated services from local businesses and organizations such as medical screenings and haircuts. Hygiene kits donated by faith-based organizations and the community will also be distributed.
Volunteers are still needed for the street outreach portion of the Point-in-Time Count and for Project Homeless Connect. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and pre-register by Feb. 18. Mandatory training will be provided for Point-in-Time Count volunteers. To help with the Point-in-Time Count, contact Karen Prochilo at (757) 385-5803 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer at Project Homeless Connect, contact Michael Shackelford at email@example.com.
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 Point-in-Time Count and Project Homeless Connect are a coordinated effort between the Departments of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, Human Services, Police, and Public Health; BEACH, a community partnership of city, nonprofit and faith-based organizations; Optima Health and citizen volunteers.