Volunteers are Needed for the 2018 Point-in-Time Count on Jan. 25

What is the Point-In-Time Count?
The Point-in-Time Count is an annual one-day (24 hours), statistically reliable, unduplicated count of families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Virginia Beach. Cities in Hampton Roads and nationwide will be participating in similar counts this year and reporting the data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
HUD requires each city that receives federal funds through the Continuum of Care to conduct an unduplicated count of its sheltered and unsheltered homeless population. Each year, more than $1.5 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 in order to help develop and enhance strategies for preventing and ending homelessness.

When is the Virginia Beach Point-in-Time Count?
The Virginia Beach Point-in-Time Count will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25. Volunteers are needed from 3:00 to 8:00 a.m.

Why is it important?
The homeless count and survey will help identify who is homeless in Virginia Beach and provide us with a baseline number of homeless individuals. The data collected will be useful on many levels:
It will give Virginia Beach leverage when applying for federal or private aid to maintain and/or improve service delivery to the homeless population.
The count can be used to measure progress towards making homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring.
It will increase public awareness of the homeless population in Virginia Beach.
It will allow agencies to improve their ability to plan and implement effective services for homeless persons.

How will this information be used to help families and individuals experiencing homelessness?
The more we know about our homeless population, the better we can serve their needs. This Point-in-Time Count is not only a chance to learn how many people are homeless and where they are located, but also information about how they became homeless and what services they need to help them.

How is the count conducted?
In Virginia Beach, teams of volunteers and city staff canvass each of the City’s four police precincts and survey people who are without shelter, Shelter and transitional housing providers also provide client data for the same day.

I want to help. How do I volunteer?
Volunteers must be 18 years old and attend mandatory training. To volunteer, register online by Jan. 12.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
For more information about volunteering for the Point-in-Time Count, contact Diane Hotaling at (757) 385-1278.