Volunteers Needed for 1,000 Homes for 1,000 Virginians Campaign

Registry Week, April 16 to 18

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The City of Virginia Beach will participate with neighboring cities and nonprofits in the 1,000 Homes for 1,000 Virginians Campaign Registry Week, April 16 to 18, to identify and house the state’s most-medically vulnerable people experiencing homelessness. The effort is part of the national 100,000 Homes Campaign, which aims to find permanent homes for these individuals and families before their homelessness causes them to die. Volunteers are needed to help with outreach, data entry and logistics during Registry Week.

During Registry Week, teams of volunteers will canvass the region to survey homeless individuals and families living on the streets and in shelters. Participants who complete a brief interview to determine their medical risk factors will then be listed in a regional registry based on the severity of their case. The registry will help ensure that the most medically-vulnerable will receive priority as housing units become available. They will also be connected to treatment and other supportive services to help them build stable lives.

To volunteer, register at housingsouthhamptonroads.eventbrite.com by April 8. Mandatory training for all volunteers will be held April 15. For questions related to volunteering, contact John Boylan at (757) 385-5761. For more information on the national and regional campaigns, visit 100khomes.org or contact Lynanne Gornto at (757) 622-9268, ext. 3005.