The Loudoun County Continuum of Care is preparing to conduct the annual Point-in-Time Count of people in the community experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness on the night of Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
Loudoun County Department of Family Services Director Glenda Blake said the Point-in-Time Count is an important effort and is intended to provide a single-day snapshot of a community’s homeless population as well as households that may be on the brink of becoming homeless. “The count is one way to collectively understand the scope and breadth of the number of persons who are faced with challenging housing situations ranging from rental eviction to homelessness,” Blake said.
During the count, members of the Continuum of Care along with staff from local nonprofits will canvass the county to assist anyone that is unsheltered by providing resources, non-perishable food and other needed items the night of January 24 and the morning of January 25, 2018. Local law enforcement personnel and mental health clinicians will also assist with outreach efforts across the county.
Blake said key benefits of the count include:
The Point-in-Time Count is scheduled to be conducted across the nation on January 24, 2018, including in the jurisdictions that make up the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, of which Loudoun is a member.
Anyone who has questions about the Point-in-Time Count should contact Loudoun Continuum of Care Coordinator Jennifer Hope at 703-777-0353 or by email.
The Loudoun Continuum of Care is a partnership between local government, nonprofit agencies, the public school system, health care providers, faith-based organizations and others that work together to address the needs of those experiencing housing instability or homelessness in Loudoun County. More information is online at www.loudoun.gov/CoC.
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