Volunteers needed for annual count of Virginia Beach homeless population

Karen Gratton of Virginia Beach speaks to two people who refused to participate in the Point-in-Time survey. (Kelly Kultys/Southside Daily)
Karen Gratton of Virginia Beach speaks to two people who refused to participate in the Point-In-Time survey in January 2016. (Southside Daily File Photo)

The city of Virginia Beach and BEACH, a community group working to end homelessness, are seeking volunteers to help with the annual point-in-time count of the homeless population.

The count will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 4:30-8 a.m. in four police precincts in the city. It will include the administering of a survey to homeless individuals.

“Each year, we try to ensure that the point-in-time count is as thorough as possible,” Pam Shine, homeless programs coordinator with the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, said. “By enlisting the help of the public in identifying other areas where homeless individuals have been known to stay, we’re able to enhance our outreach efforts and help ensure that everyone who should be included is counted and assessed for services.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development require the annual January count from each city that receives federal funding. Virginia Beach receives $1.4 million to help provide housing and services to the homeless, according to a press release.

Anyone 18 or older who is interested in participating must register here by Jan. 10.

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