Virginia Beach Point-in-Time Count and Project Homeless Connect to be Held Jan. 27-28

Monday, January 25, 2016

The City of Virginia Beach and the BEACH Community Partnership will conduct the Point-in-Time Count of people who are experiencing homelessness on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. During the count, teams of citizen volunteers, nonprofit service providers and city staff will canvass each of the city’s four precincts and survey people who are without shelter.

In coordination with the count, Project Homeless Connect will also be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Open Door Chapel, 3177 Virginia Beach Blvd. Project Homeless Connect will provide supportive services and resources to assist homeless families and individuals in moving closer to ending their homelessness. These include coordinated assessment, housing resources, veterans’ services and application assistance for Social Security and disability. Participants may also receive services and resources from local businesses and organizations such as medical screenings, haircuts, hygiene kits and a bag lunch.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that the city conduct the Point-in-Time Count to continue receiving federal funds through the Continuum of Care. The program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. HUD uses data from the count to help determine how much funding each Continuum of Care will receive. Each year, more than $1.4 million is granted through the Continuum of Care to Virginia Beach agencies that provide housing and supportive services to the homeless. The data collected from the count also enables the city to assess the size and characteristics of the homeless population to help develop and enhance strategies for preventing and ending homelessness.

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 www.beach-cp.org.

For more information about the Point-in-Time Count or Project Homeless Connect, contact Pam Shine at (757) 385-5761.

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