Everyone Counts in Richmond
On January 26, 2012, HUD Virginia Field Office staff joined 55 other volunteers to help Homeward (http://www.homewardva.org/) complete their Winter 2012 Point in Time Survey to count homeless individuals in the downtown area. Homeward is the planning and coordinating organization for homeless services in the greater Richmond region.
In hundreds of towns, communities and neighborhoods across the nation, homeless funding and services are calculated on the results of the homeless count. Homeward's semi-annual count takes place in a number of locations--shelters, meal sites and outdoor places where homeless individuals might be found. St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Richmond hosted the event and served lunch to nearly 300 guests. Service information was provided and clothing and free haircuts were available.
Joining the volunteer effort were representatives from the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Virginia Department of Social Services and a number of other outreach partners. Additionally, HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs Action Programs, Mark Johnston, and his wife Lynne; VA Assistant Secretary for Operations, Security and Preparedness, Joe Riojas, and his wife Susan; and VA Network Homeless Coordinator, VISN6 Jeff Doyle, served as volunteers. Among the wonderful people participating in the survey was Earl Dunn, new recipient of a HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Support Housing) voucher.
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