This conference will have info about ending homelessness and addressing human trafficking

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VIRGINIA BEACH — More than 300 local and regional leaders, service providers and residents are expected to gather at the 2019 South Hampton Roads Regional Conference on Ending Homelessness to share best practices and promote strategic planning.

This year’s conference will on March 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Dominion University’s Webb University Center, 1301 49th St. in Norfolk.

The event, hosted by the South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force on Ending Homelessness, features professional development workshops, presentations from subject matter experts from across the nation, and opportunities for attendees to share their perspectives to create real solutions that will end homelessness, according to a news release from the city.

Topics to be covered include youth homelessness, housing for special populations, employment initiatives, moving on from supportive housing, and regional progress in the areas of housing location and addressing human trafficking.

Faith-based communities, service providers, local government officials, funders, and people experiencing homelessness are encouraged to attend.

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. 22 is required; there will be no on-site registration. For more details or to register online, visit www.theplanningcouncil.org.

The South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force on Ending Homelessness is a collaboration between the cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Suffolk, Isle of Wight County, Southampton County, The Planning Council, and other nonprofits.

The task force has been nationally recognized as a successful model of local governments working together to solve problems. Since its inception more than 10 years ago, the task force has been key to creating six permanent supportive housing communities (a total of 400 units) for formerly homeless individuals and low-income households, as well as a regional homeless information system and a regional housing crisis hotline, officials said.

For more information about the regional conference, contact Julie Dixon with The Planning Council at 757-622-9268 ext. 3002. For more information about the regional task force, contact Task Force Chairwoman Mary Riley, community programs administrator with the Chesapeake Department of Human Services, at 757-382-2321.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.