Homelessness is an ongoing issue in Prince William County.
The Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) learned about what steps are being taken to address it.
Each year, the Prince William County Department of Social Services conducts a “Point-in-Time” count to learn how many local individuals are living without shelter, according to a release from the county.
Nearly 375 homeless people were living in Prince William in January 2018, a decrease from 400 the year before.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the next “Point-in-Time” county, which occurs on January 24, according to Director Courtney Tierney.
Those interested in assisting may sign up by calling 703-792-7549.
In addition to conducting the “Point-in-Time” count, the Department of Social Services runs the Continuum of Care.
The Continuum of Care consists of organizations and agencies that aim to prevent and end homelessness, Tierney explained to the BOCS.
It also offers temporary housing, access to medical care, and training that teaches valuable skills.
Within the past couple of years, the Continuum of Care has helped more than 1,500 individuals transition into more permanent housing.
To help address homelessness in Prince William County, the BOCS allocated $500,000 for renovations to the Bill Mehr Drop-In Center in Woodbridge.
It also set aside $445,000 to fund Coordinated Entry System staffing positions.
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