Another organization making a difference with homeless youth is Inova’s Mobile Hope. Launched in 2011, it is the first and only emergency relief center in Loudoun County where children can get help without an adult present, no questions asked. Mobile Hope travels to various locations within Loudoun County several times a month, providing at risk youth with food, clothing, blankets, and personal items. Along with these basic supplies, staff and volunteers offer access to medical services and community support.
Homelessness is also being addressed through the County’s Department of Family Services. The Homeless Prevention Program (HPP), funded by the state, is designed to avert homelessness by providing targeted and limited assistance to those who, without this assistance, are likely to become homeless. Funding for rental arrears, security deposits, and utility assistance are available through HPP for eligible applicants. Mortgage assistance is also available on a very limited basis.
While it is difficult to predict the future of homelessness in Loudoun County, the sharp rise in the number of youth who are precariously housed is an indicator that the overall situation is worsening. Partnerships and collaboration between the state, county and local nonprofits are key to addressing homelessness. 100WOMENSTRONG continues to be an avid supporter of many of the local nonprofits who provide shelter and assistance to at risk youth, making a difference in the lives of these young people.
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