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1 CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH ENHANCED OUTREACH PILOT PROGRAM Department of Human Services Department of Housing and Neighborhoods Preservation Virginia Beach Police Department 2 nd Precinct September 22, 2014 Cheryl E. Molinet, PATH SupervisorDannette R. Smith, DirectorHuman Services

2 Most Livable Coastal Community in the World… ~Envision Virginia Beach 2040 City of Virginia Beach 2

3  Homeless encampments are located in wooded areas around the Oceanfront area.  Increase numbers of homeless individuals congregating on the boardwalk, in public parks, and public restrooms.  Issued criminal summons have increased due to sleeping in public places, alcohol related offenses, and trespassing.  Complaints from concerned citizens regarding incidences of low level conduct disorders. State of the City of Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront 3

4  Program Plan Objectives: Address the homeless crisis in and around the City of Virginia Beach, specifically in the boardwalk area. Assist and provide support to citizens experiencing homelessness and other co-occurring conditions. Note: The program was developed in context of the Virginia Beach Plan to End Homelessness. State of the City of Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront 4

5 5 The “Pinkies”

6  An intensive “pilot program” was developed to support homeless individuals in moving forward and out of homelessness (July, 2014 to October 2014).  Address co-occurring conditions through a comprehensive “triage/wrap services” model that will include strong community programing and peer engagement. Community Response 6

7  Pilot Program consists of the following components: Oversight provided by the Human Services Department. Six (6) part-time contractual Outreach Peer Specialists. The Outreach Peer Specialists are formerly homeless individuals encouraging service engagement and providing community support services. Funded by Human Services -HSD, Housing and Neighborhood Preservation-HNP, and the Virginia Beach Police Department- VBPD/2 nd Precinct. Community Response 7

8  The Outreach Peer Specialists work flexible hours (early mornings, late nights, and weekends) partnering with VBPD/2 nd Precinct, HSD/Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), and HNP to “triage” individuals moving them into services. Outreach Peer Specialists report to the PATH Supervisor daily on the progress and activities on the boardwalk Weekly cadence calls held to review data and coordinate services Increased coordination between the PATH Supervisor and the Second Precinct Crime Prevention Unit Supervisor has enhanced communication with the business community Community Response 8

9  Community Provider Support: New/Enhanced “day” and weekend services have been developed and being provided during the day for homeless individuals. The tracking system used to track progress of individuals served is through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) The Outreach Case Manager and Second Precinct Police work closely with the Resort businesses, Hotel Association, Resort Civic League, and the Oceanfront Enhancement Committee. Community Response 9

10 Statistics To Date Total unduplicated number served: 443 (90% homeless) 10

11 Statistics To Date Adult GenderChildren Gender 50 females1 female 147 males2 males 3 unknown Adult Age Range: 18 – – – and over2 Don’t know97 Approximate totals Ethnicity Caucasian126 African American59 Unknown16 American Indian 2 Hispanic2 The Goal of Going Home – 21 Families with children – 3 11

12  Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Andy Friedman Karen Prochilo Pamela Shine  Human Services Dannette R. Smith Cheryl E. Molinet  Virginia Beach Police Department/2 nd Precinct Capt. Sean Adams Sgt. Harry McBrien The City of Virginia Beach Team 12

13  June 10, Meeting with community service providers and faith-based partners  June 11, Meeting with Oceanfront businesses and Hotel Association  June 13, Final proposal to City Manager and Deputy City Managers  June 16 to June 20, Recruit and hire Outreach Peer Specialists  June 23 to June 27, Outreach Peer Specialist training  August 18, 2014 – Mid term update to City Manager and Deputy City Mangers July 1, 2014 Enhanced Outreach Services Begins!!! Timeline for Implementation 13

14 Discussion/Comments We want your suggestions!!! 14


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