South Hampton Roads Cities to Host Conference on Ending Homelessness on March 10

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Service providers and interested citizens are invited to attend the 2016 South Hampton Roads Regional Conference on Ending Homelessness on Thursday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Dominion University’s Webb University Center.

The event, hosted by the South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force to End Homelessness, is held every two years to share national best practices and promote strategic planning. Topics to be covered at this year’s conference include successful interventions for at-risk youth, employment and job training programs, decriminalizing homelessness, housing alternatives to foster care and challenges facing older adults and the LGBT community.

Registration costs $50 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available for people who are experiencing homelessness or living in permanent supportive housing.  Pre-registration by Feb. 26 is required; there will be no on-site registration. For more details or to register online, visit www.theplanningcouncil.org/conferenceform.asp.

The South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force to End Homelessness is a collaboration between the cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Suffolk, Isle of Wight County, The Planning Council, United Way of South Hampton Roads and other nonprofits. The task force has been nationally recognized as a successful model for local governments working together to solve problems. Through regional cooperation, the task force has leveraged funding to create more than 280 new housing units for single homeless adults.

For more information about the regional conference, please contact Julie Dixon with The Planning Council at (757) 622-9268 ext. 3002. For more information about the task force, contact Andrew Friedman, director of the city’s Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Department, at (757) 385-5752.

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