FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2015
Homeward Recognizes Homeless Service Providers for Progress in Ending Homelessness in Greater Richmond
Homeward, a collective impact agency working to end homelessness in Greater Richmond, will host its ninth annual Regional Best Practices Conference to Prevent and End Homelessness on Friday, June 5th, 2015 at the Capital One Town Center located on 15000 Capital One Drive, Richmond, VA 23238. The conference will emphasize innovative practices and collaborative partnerships that have fueled year over year reductions in regional homelessness since 2009. The Trends and Innovations Luncheon during the conference will recognize individuals and organizations who are going above and beyond to transition our most vulnerable neighbors into permanent housing.
2015 Award Winners Include:
- Steve Neathery Overcoming Homelessness Award: Jimmy Fenner, HomeAgain
- Randall Hicks Excellence in Homeless Services Award: Georgi Fisher, Virginia Supportive Housing
- Zero: 2016 Leadership Award: Celie Weaver, Virginia Supportive Housing
- Innovation in Homeless Services: Greater Richmond Regional Domestic Violence Hotline
- Community Champion Award: Darcy Oman, The Community Foundation
Norm Suchar, Director of HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, will be keynoting the 2015 conference and will highlight strategic initiatives ending homelessness in communities across the country. Conference themes include building partnerships between workforce development and homeless services, developing standardized processes to more quickly and effectively respond to immediate housing crises, and securing affordable housing resources.
Homeward, a 501(c)3 collective impact nonprofit founded in 1998, works to end homelessness through data collection and trend analysis, building and sustaining collaborative partnerships, and building the capacity of our regional homeless service system to effectively serve clients so that homelessness becomes rare, brief, and non-recurring in our community. To learn more about Homeward visit www.homewardva.org.
Support the renovation and expansion of Virginia Supportive Housing's New Clay House! They're planning to make a $12M investment in Richmond's Carver neighborhood by renovating and expanding New Clay House and need City Council's approval for an amendment to the special use permit for the expansion. Please attend the City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 23 at 5:45 p.m. at City Hall to show your support!
The following is a letter to City Council in support of the expansion:
On behalf of Homeward, I am writing to advocate for the approval of a special use permit for Virginia Supportive Housing to renovate and expand their New Clay facility. Our city will not continue to rise by pushing out our most vulnerable, but by developing inclusive communities that accommodate high-quality permanent housing opportunities in centrally located and promising neighborhoods such as Carver.
Greater Richmond’s homeless services system works hard to coordinate service delivery and enhance outcomes towards ending homelessness and building a stronger community. Stable housing, like that provided in New Clay, provides opportunity and hope for our most vulnerable residents. We are proud to have seen a 28.9% decrease in homelessness since 2009. In the past year alone, we have seen an 11.7% decrease in veteran homelessness and an 18.5% decrease in child homelessness. These successes are largely due to strategic partnerships with strong organizations like Virginia Supportive Housing.