Homeward provides many resources supporting its goal of eliminating homelessness including research, conferences, education, and training.
HUD Continuum of Care
Each year, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) solicits applications from communities to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness. This process, known as the Continuum of Care (CoC), facilitates a set of three competitively-awarded grants created to address the problems of homelessness in a comprehensive manner with other federal agencies. Learn More
SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery)
SOAR stands for SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery. The project is designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Homeward is the Richmond Area SOAR Community Lead, and it provides community coordination needed to make SOAR effective. Learn More
Case Management Certificate Program
In keeping with the goals of the Ten Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Richmond Region, Homeward has worked with Nonprofit Learning Point to develop a case management certificate program that would improve client outcomes through the increased skill and knowledge of case managers. Learn More
Case Managers Resources
Homeward provides resources for case managers assisting families and individuals who experiencing homelessness in the Richmond Region. Please use the link for a list links to helpful resources for case management and front line staff. Learn More
Solution Providers Training
Homeward offers this quarterly training to familiarize new human and homeless services employees, agency and nonprofit staff, board members, volunteers and other interested individuals in the housing and community services of Greater Richmond. Learn More
State of Homelessness Report
Homelessness is a complex issue, exacerbated by many factors. Criminal records, poor credit, substance abuse, a history of trauma, chronic physical or mental illness,and disabilities may all contribute to housing crises for individuals. Homeward's "State of Homelessness" Report provides an easy to read overview of the current state homeless population. Download the Report
Mapping the Homeless Service System
In an effort to better understand Metro Richmond’s homeless service system, Homeward has started mapping the available resources for those experiencing homelessness. This process includes identifying organizations that provide shelter, case management, and supportive social services, while learning more about the programs’ policies, procedures, and processes. Learn More
Ten Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Richmond Region
The focus of the Ten Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Richmond Region is housing stability. Housing stability means that an individual or family is a stable resident or tenant in a place which is affordable, accessible, and connected to on-site or community-based resources and services necessary to maintain that housing. Learn More
Homeless Service Agencies
This is a partial list of agencies working on solutions to homelessness in the greater Richmond region. While Homeward does not endorse specific agencies, this list represents agencies who participate in our region’s twice yearly point in time counts. Learn More
Interested in Starting a Housing Program?
Starting a shelter is hard work. It requires funding, skilled staff, zoning and special use permits, cooperation with local government and non-profits, and clients. For many people, these barriers will be extremely difficult to overcome. For those interested in meeting the housing needs of those experiencing homelessness and are interested in being a shelter provider please read our FAQs. Learn More
Rapid re-housing is a service model designed to immediately return those who are losing or lost their housing back to permanent housing and to shorten the permanent housing and to shorten the length of shelter stays for families and individuals. Learn More
The CSCG Workgroup is made up of family shelter providers and service providers working with homeless families with minor children. The group is a collaborative staffed by Homeward and chaired by service providers. The group provides a forum for service providers to meet and identify issues with addressing the needs of families with children.