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Homeward’s annual Conference on Best Practices to Prevent and End Homelessness highlight innovative programming from around the country working to prevent and end homelessness. During the conference, Homeward recognizes members of the homeless services community for outstanding achievement through the Trends and Innovations Awards.

To get to know our 2013 Trends and Innovations Awards Winners, we are dedicating several weeks to interviews with the winners.

Homeward’s annual Conference on Best Practices to Prevent and End Homelessness highlights innovative programming from around the country working to prevent and end homelessness. During the conference, Homeward recognizes members of the homeless services community for outstanding achievement through the Trends and Innovations Awards.

To get to know our 2013 Trends and Innovations Awards Winners, we are dedicating the next few weeks to interviews with the winners.

Homeward's annual Conference on Best Practices to Prevent and End Homelessness highlight innovative programming from around the country working to prevent and end homelessness. During the conference, Homeward recognizes members of the homeless services community for outstanding achievement through the Trends and Innovations Awards.

Our last post revealed that 999 people in the region are experiencing homelessness which reflects a 13.2% decrease from the peak in January 2009. This year’s point-in-time count included a record low number of children living in homeless shelters and a 31.5% decrease in the number of veterans living in shelters or on the streets of our region. These decreases reaffirm that our region’s service providers respond with compassion and professionalism to address homelessness, especially among our most vulnerable neighbors and our military veterans.

Regional collaborations among homeless service providers and the emphasis on best practices to serve homeless families are making a real difference for our neighbors.

January 24th marked our 15th Winter Point-in-Time Count; a twice-annual census where we count the number of people staying in homeless shelters or sleeping outdoors. Preliminary results reveal 999 people in the region experiencing homelessness on the 24th. This number reflects a 4.1% decrease in the number of people overall in shelters or on the streets, with a 13.0% decrease in the number of children staying in homeless shelters in our region, from January 2012 to January 2013. The number of individuals sleeping outdoors or staying in a hypothermia shelter increased from January 2012 to January 2013, but still remained 9.2% below the peak of street homelessness in January 2009.

Lowndes Burke

Today, I attended the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Lowndes Burke, a member of Homeward’s Board of Directors. The service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church overflowed with members of the Richmond community who benefited from knowing Lowndes. Lowndes joined our Board in part because of his work at Wells Fargo Bank, and I am even more thankful for that relationship today. Lowndes brought a dedication to the community and a long history of service to our work to end homelessness. He was thoughtful and responsive. He asked good questions and was supportive. He will truly be missed.

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