Virginia Beach tallies number of homeless people

Posted at 11:26 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 23:26:21-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - City staff members and volunteers counted up the number of homeless people living in the city on Wednesday night.

It's part of a requirement from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development to determine how much federal grant money the city receives to help end homelessness.

Staffers and volunteers hand out toiletries and other items to members of the community who are homeless. A survey is also conducted. Info from that is used to help come up with strategies to fight the issue.

"Homelessness is in every city in every state," said Cheryl Molinet, an organizer. "Homelessness is nonprejudiced. It'll impact anyone at any time if the circumstances are right for those individuals."

On Thursday, the city will hold an event called Project Homeless Connect. It'll offer support and resources to the homeless community. It runs from 8 am to 2 pm at Open Door Chapel, 3177 Virginia Beach Blvd.