It is through this annual PIT Count that communities become eligible for competitive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Greater Richmond Continuum of Care was notified this week that it will receive $4.4 million in funding for 26 programs serving at least 265 homeless individuals and 161 households with children. This funding speaks to the high quality of regional service providers and their dedication to collaboratively utilizing community-level data to maximize program outcomes.
Preliminary findings will be released in February, and will include updates on veterans, single adults, and families. Information generated on veterans and chronically homeless single adults will be a focus area, as the Greater Richmond region has signed on to the national Zero:2016 campaign to end veteran homeless by the end of 2015 and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
– Doors of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church open at ~10 a.m. for the Thursday lunch program where main count will be conducted. Over 100 people in need are typically in line at this time.
– Over 60 volunteers stand in line to pair with area homeless residents to complete survey.
– Free haircuts offered to those in need from local barbers.
– Resource fair will be open to area’s most vulnerable population to connect to services, including health screenings and veteran services.