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Volunteers Needed for Annual Point-in-Time Count on Jan. 29, 2015

The City of Virginia Beach and the BEACH Community Partnership are seeking volunteers to help conduct the annual Point-in-Time Count of people who are experiencing homelessness. The count will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that the city conduct the Point-in-Time Count to continue receiving federal funds through the Continuum of Care. Each year, more than $1 million is granted through the Continuum of Care to Virginia Beach agencies that provide emergency housing and services to the homeless. 

"We are seeking volunteers to work throughout the city to assist us in making the count as thorough as possible," said Pam Shine, homeless programs coordinator with Housing & Neighborhood Preservation. "The data collected from the count will provide an update to our understanding of the size and characteristics of the homeless population so that we can better match programs and services to their needs."

Volunteers who are at least 18 years old are needed to help count and administer the brief survey to homeless persons living on the streets within the city. Mandatory training will be provided. To volunteer, register online at by Jan. 6. For more information, please contact Pam Shine at (757) 385-5761.