Access Virginia Beach for Feb 4 Feb 18 2011
AV 2216OPEN TEASE (VO)Coming up on this edition of Access Virginia Beachâ€¦ See how the city is lending a helping handto those less fortunate. And you've heard of Jack in the Box, butwhat about Don in the Boxé Find out what this guy is doing in here!!éé Plus, it's the winter season but that doesn'tmean it's time to hibernateâ€¦we'll bring you highlights from the Winter Wildlife Festival.
(ANCHOR ON CAM) MCUTHAT AND MORE ARE COMING UP AS WE ACCESS VIRGINIA BEACH! FADE TO BLK OPENDISS FROM LOGO TO VIDEOWALL (ON CAM) MCUHELLO AND WELCOME TO VBTV'S ACCESS VIRGINIA BEACH, A PROGRAM THAT INFORMS YOU OF NEWSAND EVENTS FROM AROUND OUR CITY AND SCHOOLS. I'M LINDY FAY, THANKS FOR JOINING US! (Anchor On Cam) OTSHomelessness is a problem that affects countless cities in the U.S. and Virginia Beach is notimmune. In fact, every night hundreds of people
have no place to call home, but the City ofVirginia Beach is working hard to help those less fortunate receive necessary services. SOT 27:43 54Cheryl Molinet, Path Homeless Outreach Worker â€œHomeless has been a problem since therewere human beings on this earth and it always will be. It's how we treat it, how we workwith it and how we view it can either help or hinder the population.â€� Annual events like Project Connect Day ofServices helps people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless access importantresources.
SOT 29:21 â€“ 34Sharon Prescott, Housing Development Program Administratorâ€œBy reaching out they hope to make a connection and let them know the community cares andthat we are wanting to work with them to help them get out of homelessness.â€� From health screen checksâ€¦to hot meals,a variety of services were offered. SOT 28:47 â€“ 29:02â€œWe have a lot of things, haircuts are very popular, the LIONS are here doing screeningsfor hearing and diabetes, AIDS testing, we have the school system represented, housing,human services.â€�
And a number of nonprofits were also on handto help out those in need. SOT 25:02 07Wanda Mozelle, Attended Project Connect Day of Servicesâ€œThey have people here to help people find jobs and housing and I think it's a greatthing.â€� The annual homeless count and homeless connectare required by HUD yearlyâ€¦rmation gathered helps with future funding. SOT 32:06 â€“ 15 BUTT 32:23 â€“ 32:30â€œFrom a planning perspective it helps us to identify what types of programs might beneeded to serve the folks who have the specialized
needs that we see.â€� â€œThe primary reasonwe do the count is to obtain the federal funding that is available through the continuum ofcare process.â€� Official numbers have not been released yet,but preliminary data suggests an increase in the homeless population. SOT 33:09 â€“ 20John Boylan, Homeless Policy and Resource Coordinatorâ€œThe early indicators are that I'm thinking that we will see an increase over last yearfor the single adult population, on the family side I don't have an idea of that yet atthis point.â€�
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