On a single night this past January, 349 people in Virginia Beach were found to be experiencing homelessness.
However, since families and individuals experience housing crises and move in and out of homelessness on an ongoing basis for many different reasons, the scope of the homelessness issue and number of people in need are much greater.
Since 1984, Virginia Beach has been committed to ending homelessness through a tapestry of faith, City and nonprofit organizations working together. In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission, Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation and the BEACH Community Partnership are kicking off two opportunities for citizens to join this communitywide effort to help make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring:
Give the Gift of Warmth Donation Drive (Nov. 17 – Dec. 8)
A donation drive is being held to collect winter clothing for adults experiencing homelessness. Needed items include new and gently-used coats, sweatpants/shirts (adult sizes medium – XXL), adult size socks, hats/beanies and scarves, and twin size blankets. Hand warmers and travel size hygiene items are also needed.
Donated items can be dropped off at the following locations:
Judeo-Christian Outreach Center
1053 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Bow Creek Recreation Center
3427 Club House Road
Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
2501 James Madison Blvd.
Sign Up to Volunteer for the 2018 Point-in-Time Count
Volunteers are needed for the city’s annual Point-in-Time Count of the homeless population on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 3 to 8 a.m. Volunteers will be part of a team assigned to one of the four police precincts in Virginia Beach to help count and administer a survey to people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers must be 18 years old and attend mandatory training.
To volunteer, register online at www.beach-cp.org/pit-count-