Homelessness is nothing new to Charlottesville, and it’s not something that one group can handle all by themselves. That's why people from agencies and organizations across the area held a symposium to try to find a way to work together to solve the problem.
They found that a shortage of affordable housing is one of the biggest issues. At last count there were 260 homeless adults here in Charlottesville with countless more scraping by.
Jill Fox says solving the issues isn't about just handing out blankets.
"We are really moving away from food and blankets and temporary shelter to long term solutions and permanent housing that really ends homelessness for people."
Kaki Dimock says these groups joined together to work on finding a solution.
"We are just trying to make sure that we are getting a housing plan and pulling together the available resources financial and otherwise to help move the person out of homelessness.”
Dimock says it has to be a group effort to solve the problem.
"No one agency can do it on its own. There’s no one government, no one non-profit, there’s no one church, no one system of care or agency that would be able to respond to the demands of our local homeless population."
These experts say it costs less to help a person get off the streets than it does to have them stay homeless.
These groups hope that by joining together and working as a team, they can make it a thing of the past.
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