Mayor Joins Homeless Veterans Initiative
United Way of Forsyth County is excited that Mayor Joines and the city of Winston Salem have joined the "Mayor's Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness".
Since 2006, UWFC has been a part of the local, collective efforts to end homelessness through the Ten-Year Plan Commission on Homelessness, also known as TYP. Two times per year, the TYP Commission performs a point-in-time count that identifies the local homeless population and allows for shelters to effectively prepare for their client's needs. It also hosts the Project Homeless Connect, a free event that conveniently connects the homeless with service agencies and resources. With the collective efforts of TYP, more awareness has been brought to mental illness, additional housing has been created and the number of homeless individuals and faimilies have begun to decrease.
Through the work with TYP, we've realized that a great number of our homeless community are veterans and have implemented addition services to address their needs. During Project Homeless Connect, veterans are referred to veteran-focused agencies and provided basic needs by the local reserves. They can also receive assistance through Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) - an United Way of Forsyth County supported program - that provides outreach and case management for financial, health, housing and family needs.
Having served us, it's only right that we serve our veterans in ensuring that they have housing. Be it a current or future veteran, being a part of this new initiative will further help us give them a place to call home when they come home.
Click the link to check out the WS Journal feature: Mayor Joins Homeless Veterans Initiative
Stay tuned to ForsythUnitedWay.org for more information and to become engaged with the community work of United Way of Forsyth County and its partner organizations.
The HanesBrands/United Way product sale has been discontinued. However, HanesBrands' Direct to Consumer business will host its annual sample sale at the Education Building on Winston Salem Fairgrounds from August 19-23.
The Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness will be hosting a Summer Service Fair and Point-In-Time Count on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. This year’s Point-In-Time Count has the additional task of identifying homeless veterans – in an effort to end veteran homelessness by November 11, 2014.
United Way of Forsyth County is excited that Mayor Joines and the city of Winston Salem have joined the "Mayor's Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness". Since 2006, UWFC has been a part of the local, collective efforts to end homelessness through the Ten-Year Plan Commission on Homelessness.