Virginia Beach to Conduct Annual Point-in-Time Count of Homeless

Friday, January 20, 2012

The City of Virginia Beach will conduct the point-in-time count of the homeless population beginning the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 25, through Thursday, Jan. 26.

During the 24-hour period, teams of volunteers, nonprofit partners and city staff will canvas locations throughout the city where people who are without shelter are staying and survey those who are living in emergency shelter and transitional housing.

Breakfast will be served for the homeless on Jan. 26 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, 212 19th St. City staff and volunteers will conduct interviews there for those who were not surveyed the previous night. The count will conclude at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd., during the evening meal, which begins at 6 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that the city conduct the point-in-time count to receive federal funds through the Continuum of Care. More than $1 million is granted annually through the Continuum of Care to Virginia Beach agencies that provide emergency housing and services to the homeless.

The Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation is leading the effort, in partnership with the Departments of Human Services, Police, and Public Health; the Virginia Beach Homeless Advocacy and Resource Partnership; the BEACH Community Partnership and citizen volunteers.

For more information, contact John Boylan at (757) 385-5761 or jboylan@vbgov.com.

 

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