Virginia Beach to Conduct Annual Point-in-Time Count of Homeless on Thursday, Jan. 29

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The City of Virginia Beach and the BEACH Community Partnership will conduct the annual Point-in-Time Count of people who are experiencing homelessness on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 4 to 7 a.m.


During the count, teams of more than 50 citizen volunteers, nonprofit service providers and city staff will canvass each of the city’s four precincts and survey people who are without shelter. The data collected from the count will enable the city to assess the size and characteristics of the homeless population in Virginia Beach to develop and enhance strategies for preventing and ending homelessness. 


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that the city conduct the Point-in-Time Count to continue receiving 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.


BEACH, which stands for Bringing an End to All City Homelessness, is a community partnership of city, nonprofit and faith-based organizations. For more information about BEACH, visit


For more information about the Point-in-Time Count, contact Pam Shine, homeless programs coordinator with the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, at (757) 385-5761.