In years’ past, Loudoun County has offered a shelter to folks during below zero temperatures. The building is under renovation, however. This year the county’s providing alternative ways of staying warm.
Its Cold Weather Shelter, open from 9 o’clock at night to 7 o’clock in the morning, serves adults in Loudoun County. Clients are provided a meal, a cot for a night’s rest, a shower, and laundry.
The next morning, the county directs them toward other places to stay during the day.
“They can’t stay at Cold Weather, but they can go to either a local library or any other faith community that may be open to them so they can stay warm during our renovations,” said Executive Program Director of the Loudoun Homeless Services Center Beth Driggers.
On Wednesday, the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments and Northern Virginia Region, which includes Loudoun County, will conduct its Point-In-Time count to estimate the number of homeless people in the region.
This “snapshot” of the area’s homeless population is beneficial for making recommendations for future programs. Yolanda Thompson, assistant director of Community Services and Outreach, says while a lot of services are dedicated to families, the county has a large population of single, homeless young people.
“Where we see a gap and need for those services are single adults,” said Thompson.