Volunteers and Service Providers Needed for Project Homeless Connect on April 18

Event Offers One-Stop Access to Supportive Services for Single Homeless Adults

Friday, March 30, 2012

The City of Virginia Beach is partnering with the Cities of Norfolk and Chesapeake for Project Homeless Connect on Wednesday, April 18. Volunteers are needed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall, 201 E. Brambleton Ave. The event will provide single homeless adults with one-stop access to a variety of supportive services and resources. Homeless services providers, vendors and donated items are also needed.

Project Homeless Connect features medical providers, housing and employment agencies, and other related resources. Participants also will receive donated goods and services from local businesses and faith organizations, including haircuts, clothes, shoes, toiletries and food. Services and resources are designed to assist persons in moving closer to ending their homelessness.

Project Homeless Connect events have captured national attention, having been selected as a “Best Practice” model by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness in 2007. Since its implementation in 2005, Norfolk’s Homeless Connect events have provided services to more than 4,000 guests and enlisted the help of nearly 3,000 volunteers. This is the first time that Project Homeless Connect will merge the efforts of Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake.

To volunteer or participate as a service provider or vendor, register at projecthomelessconnect12.eventbrite.com by April 8. For more information or to donate items, contact the City of Norfolk Office to End Homelessness at homelessness@norfolk.gov or (757) 664-4488.