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On October 17th through October 19th, during the wee hours of the morning, more than 150 community volunteers and Arlington County staff went out into the streets of Arlington to identify and survey the most vulnerable homeless individuals.

These three mornings were the Arlington County 100 Homes for 100 Homeless Arlingtonians Registry Week.  The most vulnerable individuals were determined by components such as age (60 or older), the amount of time spent living on the streets (more than 6 months), and more than 3 ER visits in the past 3 months.

“100 homes will help us move folks from chronic homelessness to a more permanent solution,” said Mary Hynes, member of the Arlington County Board who participated in the surveying on the first morning.

The volunteers and county staff showed up at 3:30 a.m. (even on Wednesday during the torrential downpour!) and worked in 12 survey teams each morning to find the most vulnerable homeless individuals, or frankly, those most at risk to die on the streets first. Registry Week was coordinated by the Department of Human Services and the Arlington Street People’s Assistance (A-SPAN), and the next step is to make sure the 153 homeless individuals that were identified to be moved into permanent housing, a place they can call home.

“It’s the right thing to do from a human nature standpoint; it’s the compassionate thing to do,” said Barbara Favola, an Arlington County Board member at this morning’s community debrief.

John Shooshan, Co-Chair of the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness Leadership Consortium, announced this morning that if the county can raise $500,000, he will raise another $500,000 from the private sector to make this campaign a success.

The 100 Home Campaign in Arlington is a part of a statewide effort called 1,000 Home for 1,000 Homeless Virginians. There are over 100 communities across the country participating.

"Like" the campaign on Facebook or follow @100homesarl on twitter to find out more information and see how you can help out!