Norfolk Department of Human Services to provide mobile support to residents

Posted at 5:52 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 17:52:04-05

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk’s Department of Human Services (DHS) received state approval to use a mobile unit to serve eligible customers seeking education, training and employment services.

The DHS PowerUp EmployMobile will be the one of the first of its kind in Virginia.

The vehicle will support Norfolk’s VIEW (Virginia Initiative for Education and Work) program, which provide services including career development, education and training, professional attire, equipment and licensing, shelter and transportation assistance, and other help.

“This mobile approach to serving our customers eliminates barriers that currently restrict access to those we serve,” said DHS Acting Director Denise Gallop, “to include lack of transportation, inability to enter buildings freely due to COVID-19 precautions, and lack of child care.”

The EmployMobile will allow staff to take services and support VIEW clients directly while making its service delivery model more efficient.

The department says they will use state VIEW funds to fund the vehicle and the purchasing process of the vehicle is underway and should deploy by summer.

“In this unusual season of COVID-19, creating easily accessible, community-based options is necessary and welcomed,” Gallop said.

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