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 22, 2020, and the morning of Thursday, January 23, 2020.
The Point-in-Time Count, which is conducted locally and nationally, 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 of the tools that we use to assess our community needs and develop and direct resources efficiently and effectively to our most vulnerable community members,” said Loudoun County Department of Family Services Director Glenda Blake.
During the count, members of the Continuum of Care along with staff from local nonprofits will canvass the county to assist anyone who is unsheltered by providing resources, non-perishable food and other needed items the night of January 22 and the morning of January 23, 2020. Local law enforcement personnel and mental health clinicians will also assist with outreach efforts across the county. In the event of inclement weather or heavy snow, the count will be conducted on Wednesday, January 29.
Key benefits of the count include:
- Communitywide Assessment: The Point-in-Time Count includes outreach to a wide range of people, including young adults ages 18-24, veterans, people over 60, families and others.
- Program Development: Results from the Point-in-Time Count contribute to data-driven decision-making for specific types of housing needs and areas of program development.
- Increased Awareness: The count encompasses all areas of Loudoun County with targeted outreach to rural areas to ensure a connection for needed community resources.
The Point-in-Time Count is scheduled to be conducted across the nation on January 22, 2020, 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.
To get connected to health and human services information and resources in Loudoun County, including coordinated entry for housing and homeless assistance, contact the Loudoun County Information and Referral program at 703-777-0420.
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 who work together to address the needs of those experiencing housing instability or homelessness in Loudoun County. More information is online at loudoun.gov/CoC.
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