More Support Coming to Harrisonburg's Homeless

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The homeless in Harrisonburg are receiving more support due to Harrisonburg's 10 year plan to end homelessness.

On Tuesday night, the Harrisonburg City Council will hear from the Housing and Redevelopment Authority about the plan.

Data collected in January shows that the number of homeless adults in shelters has decreased to 98. That's a change of eight people from 2013. The issue now is the increase in homeless veterans.

The authority has received nearly $3.2 dollars in tax credits and other funding.

Mercy House and the local Salvation Army shelter are among multiple options for the homeless in the friendly city.

Michael Wong, the executive director of the authority, said that one of the biggest needs is for mental health and health services. The challenge, he said, is educating the chronically homeless on different options.

"If you're worried about where you're going to spend that night it's hard to have them really pay attention in regard to educating them in regard to different options," said Wong.

As part of the 10-year plan, Wong said they are also working on permanent housing that would be across from the Lucy Simms Center. Now that it's funded, the next step is working on getting construction bids.

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