Youngkin announces $12 million in funding to fight homelessness

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced $12 million in funding for 55 projects across the Commonwealth to fight homelessness.

The Virginia Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grants will utilize the funds to advance their current targeted efforts to reduce homelessness.

The grants represent 20% of funding for the fiscal year.

The remaining funds support new or rehabilitated housing units through the Affordable and Special Needs Housing Program.

The Homeless Reduction Grant is coordinated with other community-based activities, and grantees use a local entry system to ensure the best approach for helping households experiencing homelessness quickly regain stable, permanent housing.

Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick said, “Housing stands as the cornerstone for fostering lively communities and robust local economies. This funding round prioritizes innovative approaches, like rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing, to effectively combat homelessness, ensuring that every at-risk Virginian receives the support they need to make homeless(ness) rare, brief and one-time.”

To read the Governor’s announcement and all 55 projects, click here.

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Family Promise raises awareness for homeless families

Family Promise Northern Shenandoah Valley is raising awareness of the growing homeless crisis by participating in Night Without a Bed.

Members of Family Promise across the country will spend one night without a bed to spread awareness for families experiencing homelessness, especially for the 35% of the nation’s homeless population that include families with children.

The event will begin on Saturday, October 21st to Sunday morning, October 22nd.

Participants can sleep anywhere but a bed like your car, in a tent, at your church, or anywhere else.

At the end of the event, the organization asks you to post pictures or videos with captions about your experience on social media.

FPNSV is also accepting donations to support children of families experiencing homelessness through a link available here or by check to FPNSV, 131 Market St, Winchester, VA.

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Coldest Night of the Year walks through Winchester

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WATTS Thermal Shelter is participating in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk today starting at 4 pm.

The fundraiser began in Canada in 2011 and has since raised $55 million to support homeless individuals through local charities.

This is the first year WATTS has brought the program to Winchester which hopes to become an annual event.

The walk is held in the cold winter weather to help people step out of their comfort zone and understand what it may feel like to be homeless during this time of year.

Individuals or teams are invited to participate in a 2k or 5k loop within Winchester’s City limits starting at Braddock Street United Methodist Church.

For more information on the event, click here.

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