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I have been working with Homeward since 2003 and have grown to love our twice-yearly data collection efforts. We work with community volunteers and regional shelter providers to learn more about our neighbors experiencing homelessness. I have developed a reputation for being able to quote a range of regional statistics to illustrate the urgent need for solutions to homelessness. I share statistics that reveal the underlying social and economic issues which contribute to the crisis of homelessness. These numbers shine a light on pathways out of homelessness for the families, veterans, and single adults trying to return to stable housing.

Bob Sledd Recognition

via Better Housing Coalition GroundBreakers program

The number of homeless children in the Richmond region is up and no one is really surprised. It’s the economy, of course.

While there are some significant differences in our regional data on homelessness released last week, our 2011 numbers are pretty similar to our 2010 numbers. In fact, since 2007, the total number of people experiencing homelessness on any given day hasn’t changed all that much.

Preliminary results published in February revealed that 1,102 people in the region are experiencing homelessness which reflects a 9% increase from January 2010. The numbers released today reflect the continuing impact of the economy on people with limited resources. As a coordinated service delivery system, we continue to work to fulfill our community’s Ten Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Targeting housing resources for our most vulnerable residents remains our top priority.

We Are All Created to Serve: The Faith Community’s Response to Homelessness

This session will provide an overview of the homeless services available in the Richmond area and discuss ways that people of faith can partner with homeless services providers to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness or housing instability. The session will last 90 minutes and will be offered on March 29th at 12:00 p.m. and repeated on March 31st at 4:30 p.m.

Homeward is holding informational sessions for the general public interested in addressing homelessness in the community. Two sessions will be held in March, that will target those wanting to start programs to serve the homeless. Please see the information below to find out how to sign-up for these sessions. Registration is limited and attendees should only register for one session.

The Informational sessions will be held on Thursday, March 10 at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m.
at The United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg Office, 2001 Maywill St. Richmond, VA 23230

These sessions are designed to inform those wanting to provide housing services to those experiencing homelessness in the Richmond area. The sessions will provide a brief overview of homeless services, ways to get involved, and the next steps for becoming a service provider. This is designed for those interested in starting a shelter or a transitional housing program. The session will last 90 minutes and will be offered on March 10th and will be repeated on March 17th. Please only register for one session.

Please Register at this site.

All sessions will take place at the United Way of Greater Richmond located at 2001 Maywill Street. Directions are available online at The United Way
For general questions about this sessions, please contact Jamie Seagraves at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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