VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach is looking to identify places in the city where people are living without shelter.
City officials say this information will help guide teams of volunteers during the annual “Point-in-Time Count” — which looks at the homeless population.
The count helps determine how much federal funding the community will receive. Anyone looking to help for the count can submit locations directly at this link through Tuesday, Jan. 8. The actual count is being held Jan. 23.
Officials say signs an individual is living unsheltered include personal belongings being left behind, a structure resembling a bed and that individual having been seen there on multiple occasions.
Location points should also include the date and additional details that will help describe the situation. The city is asking for visual observations only.
“The Point-in-Time Count is important because it provides a snapshot of homelessness in Virginia Beach. The more we know about our homeless population, the better we can serve their needs,” Pam Shine, homeless services system manager, said in a statement. “Each year, we try to ensure that the count is as thorough as possible. With the public’s assistance, we can enhance our outreach efforts and help ensure that everyone who should be included is counted and assessed for services.”
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.