Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness

The Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness (BRICH) facilitates and coordinates the region’s efforts to prevent, treat, and end homelessness and serves as the lead entity for the Blue Ridge Continuum of Care (CoC) planning process. The BRICH includes the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke; the cities of Covington, Roanoke, and Salem, and the towns of Clifton Forge and Vinton. The BRICH is composed of members from the general public, local governments, mental health programs, state and federal programs, non-profit organizations, businesses, and colleges and universities throughout the Roanoke region. Note: Within the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) the Blue Ridge CoC is officially recognized as the Roanoke City and County, Salem Continuum of Care.


FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: e-snaps is Now Available

The FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Consolidated Application (CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing) and project applications are now available in e-snaps at www.hud.gov/esnaps. Collaborative Applicants and project applicants can now access the applications to review, update, and enter information that is required for the application process through the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA.

Submission Deadline:  Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time


2017-18 Blue Ridge Continuum of Care Strategic Plan

The 2017-18 Strategic Plan for the Blue Ridge Continuum of Care is now available.  The Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness is the HUD designated decision making group and oversight board of the Blue Ridge Continuum of Care (CoC). As the designated board for the Continuum of Care geographic area, the BRICH ensures that the CoC develops an annual strategic and business plan that meets the needs of the homeless individuals and families residing in its geographic area.


2017 Point in Time Report Now Available

The 2017 Winter Shelter Point in Time Report for the Blue Ridge Continuum of Care is now available. The BRICH would like to thank all volunteers and staff that assisted with this year’s count. The PIT Survey is administered at least every year and sometimes twice a year for the purpose of detailing information and characteristics about people experiencing homelessness in a shelter.

The total number of homeless individuals in this year’s count is 267. This is a 19.3% decrease from last year.  The numbers have been trending downward since 2012.

 


Roanoke Valley Reaches Goal to Reduce Veteran Homelessness


Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness / Blue Ridge CoC – Homelessness Services Structure

Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness (BRICH) Governance Charter (2015)
Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
Roanoke Homeless Services Delivery System
Blue Ridge Continuum of Care Acronyms


Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness – Meeting Dates 2016 – 2017

The Blue Ridge Interagency Council meets on the second Friday of each month at 9:00 a.m. with the exception of July and August. Unless otherwise noted the monthly meeting location is the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission (upstairs conference room) located at 313 Luck Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA  24016 in downtown Roanoke.  Click here for directions and parking information.  Also, please click on the date of each meeting for an agenda.

  • September 9, 2016 – Regular Meeting     Agenda     Meeting Notes
  • October 14, 2016 – Regular Meeting     Agenda     Meeting Notes
  • November 11, 2016 – City of Salem (Roanoke County)     Agenda     Meeting Notes
  • December 21, 2016 – Annual Homeless Persons Memorial Service
  • January 13, 2017 – Regular Meeting     Agenda     Meeting Notes
  • February 10, 2017 – Extended Meeting (ESG Funding Distribution)     Agenda     Meeting Notes
  • March 10, 2017 – Regular Meeting (Release of PIT Data)     Agenda     Meeting Notes
  • April 14, 2017 – TBD     Agenda     Meeting Notes
  • May 12, 2017 – Regular Meeting     Agenda     Meeting Notes
  • June 9, 2017 – Regular Meeting     Agenda     Meeting Notes

Inclement Weather Policy: If either City of Roanoke or Roanoke County schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather, the monthly BRICH meeting will be cancelled.


Interactive Homelessness Services and Resources Map

The BRICH has developed an interactive map that provides a range of information on homelessness, homelessness prevention, housing and related resource – overnight shelters, transitional housing, day shelters, and other service providers in the Blue Ridge CoC service area. Click on the map icon for information on each resource or see the Homelessness Services and Resources Directory provided below the interactive map. See the Homelessness Services and Resources Directory provided at bottom of page for additional information.

Click here to view a larger map.


HUD Continuum of Care Dashboard Reports

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has posted the 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Dashboard Reports on the HUD Exchange. Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Programs Dashboard Reports show claimed geography and geographic coverage changes for the previous two program years and also include information on each CoC’s awards by award amount, program type, and renewal type. The reports contain summary data from the Point-in-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC), which provide a quick overview of a CoC’s performance in serving homeless individuals with their CoC awards.

Roanoke City and County, Salem CoC (Blue Ridge CoC) Dashboard Report


Documents and Publications

Blue Ridge Continuum of Care Best Practices Manual for Permanent Supportive Housing Programs

Point in Time (PIT) Reports 

2017 Winter Point in Time Count and Shelter Survey Report
2016 Winter Point in Time Count and Shelter Survey Report
2015 Winter Point in Time Count and Shelter Survey Report

2014 Winter Point in Time Count and Shelter Survey Report

2013 Winter Point in Time Count and Shelter Survey Report
2012 Winter Point in Time Count and Shelter Survey Report
2011 Winter Point in Time Count and Shelter Survey Report
2010 Winter Point in Time Count and Shelter Survey Report
2009 Winter Point in Time Count and Shelter Survey Report
2008 Winter Point in Time Count and Shelter Survey Report
2007 Winter Point in Time Count and Shelter Survey Report

In addition to the PIT counts, in 2012 and 2013 volunteers/students from Jefferson College of Health Sciences conducted a Vulnerability Index to identify and assist the longtime and medically vulnerable homeless individuals. The Interagency Council is also participating in the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness “1000 Homes for 1000 Virginians” Project which is an effort an effort to find and place the most vulnerable, medically at risk, long-term homeless individuals into permanent households across the area.The Interagency Council would like to thank the nearly 60 volunteers that assisted with the PIT survey as well as our partner agencies – Roanoke City Police Department, Starbucks, Roanoke Gas, American Electric Power and Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

Roanoke City Annual Homeless Count – A Place To Call Home (Roanoke Star Sentinel)
Roanoke City Annual Homeless Count – A Place To Call Home (Roanoke Free Press)
1000 Homes For 1000 Virginians Factsheet


Useful Links

Blue Ridge Continuum of Care (City of Roanoke)
Blue Ridge Continnum of Care (Council of Community Services)
Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness
City of Roanoke Human Services Department
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
HUD Homeless Assistance
Council of Community Services
V
irginia Coalition to End Homelessness
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day
Grant Resource Access Network (GRANT)
Local Office on Aging
Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley
Veterans Administration Medical Center – Salem Virginia


Homelessness Services and Resources Directory

Information and Referrals
2-1-1 Virginia, Dial 211
Central Intake-One Door, 339 Salem Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, (540) 853-1163

Overnight Shelters
Family Promise of Roanoke Valley, 37 East Clay Street, Salem, VA 24153, (540) 444-7374
Rescue Mission, 402 4th Street SE, Roanoke, VA 24013, (540) 343-7227
Salvation Army Red Shield Lodge, 821 Salem Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, (540) 342-7398

Transitional Housing
TAP Transitional Living Center (TLC), #23 24th Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24011, (540) 345-7537
TRUST House, 404 Elm Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24011, (540) 344-8060

Day Shelters
Roanoke Area Ministries (RAM), 824 Campell Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, (540) 343-3753
Samaritan Inn, 543 Salem Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, (540) 343-1447

Direct Service Providers
Alleghany Highlands Rural Shelter Plus Care, (540) 965-2100, ext. 134
Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare/PATH, (540) 982-6990
City of Roanoke Homelessness Assistance Team (HAT), 339 Salem Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, (540) 853-1715
City of Roanoke Shelter Plus Care, (540) 853-1721
Commonwealth Catholic Charities, 820 Campbell Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, (540) 342-7561
Community Housing Resource Center, 339 Salem Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, (540) 266-7551
Family Services of Roanoke Valley, 360 Campbell Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, (540) 563-5316
Outreach at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Mountain Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, (540) 343-9341
Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 2624 Salem Turnpike NW, Roanoke, VA 24017, (540) 983-9281
Safehome Systems, 102 East Main Street, Covington, VA 24426, (540) 965-3237
Total Action for Progress (TAP), 302 Second Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24011, (540) 283-4800

Social Services Departments
Alleghany County/Covington Department of Social Services, 110 Rosedale Avenue, Covington, VA 24426, (540) 965-1780
Bath County Department of Social Services, 65 Courthouse Hill Road, Room G, Warm Springs, VA 24484, (540) 839-7271
Botetourt County Department of Social Services, 220 Commons Parkway, Daleville, VA 24083, (540) 591-5960
Craig County Department of Social Services, 177 Court Street, New Castle, VA 24127, (540) 864-5117
Roanoke City Department of Social Services, 1510 Williamson Road NE, 3rd floor, Roanoke, VA 24012
Roanoke County Department of Social Services, 220 East Main Street, 3rd floor, StellarOne building, Salem, VA, (540) 387-6087

Veterans
TAP Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, 302 Second Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24011, (540) 283-4908
Veteran Affairs Medical Center, 1970 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem VA 24153, (540) 982-2463, ext. 1517 or 2520
Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs, 116 N Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24016, (800) 827-1000

Health/Mental Health
Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare, (540) 981-9351
Bradley Free Clinic of the Roanoke Valley, 1240 3rd Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, (540) 344-5156
City of Roanoke Health Department, 1502 Williamson Road NE, 2nd Floor, Roanoke, VA 24012, (540) 283-5050
New Horizons Healthcare, 3716 Melrose Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA 24017, (540) 362-0360
Roanoke County/Salem Health Department, 105 E Calhoun Street, Salem VA 24153, (540) 387-5530
Roanoke County/Vinton Health Department, 227 S Pollard Street, Vinton VA 24179, (540) 857-7800

Disability
Blue Ridge Independent Living Center, 1502 B Williamson Road NE, Roanoke VA 24012, (540) 342-1231 (V/TTY)

Legal Assistance
Blue Ridge Legal Services, 132 Campbell Avenue SW, Suite 300, Roanoke VA 24011, (540) 344-2080
Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley, 132 Campbell Avenue SW, Suite 200, Roanoke VA 24011, (540) 344-2088

Transportation
Valley Metro, 1108 Campbell Avenue SE, Roanoke VA 24013, (540) 982-2222
Smartway Bus, (540) 982-6622
RADAR, (540) 343-1721, 1-800-964-5707
Greyhound Bus, 26 Salem Avenue SW, Roanoke VA 24011, (540) 343-5436
Megabus, online reservations only
Smart Way Connector (Amtrak), (540) 982-2222
Star Line Trolley, (540) 982-2222
City Cab, (540) 815-5050
Dependable Cab, (540) 524-0948
Go Green Taxi, (540) 397-5555
Northwest Cab, (540) 339-5594
Salem Taxi, (540) 389-5555
Yellow Cab, (540) 345-7711

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