Community Impact - Homelessness
Though homelessness is complex, the solution is actually quite simple: House the homeless.
Our goal is to work smarter and accomplish more, so we bring people together that might not otherwise be in the same room. For example, in 2013, we began working with a group of 45 nonprofit agencies around ending homelessness. We spent six months studying who was working in this area, what they were doing and how well it was being done.
By doing so, we identified several issues that could help not just one agency but every agency. With a generous grant from Ferguson Enterprises we helped create a central intake process (Housing Crisis Hotline) that got homeless persons to the right agency, on the first try and created a data system that allows service providers to determine if they are making a difference.
The Hotline now serves the entire Hampton Roads region and receives thousands of calls every year. From those calls, families from all over the entire region receive emergency housing or rental assistance. These numbers demonstrate the tremendous impact we are making toward our goal of ending homelessness on the Peninsula.
Hampton Roads Housing Crisis Hotline