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PORT Emergency Winter Shelter Program

CLICK HERE to download the complete 2012-13 PORT Schedule

LINK of Hampton Roads, Inc., first introduced the PORT Emergency Homeless Winter Shelter Program to the homeless in Newport News during the winter months of 1993/94. The shelter ended its 16th year of PORT on March 25, 2009, but continues to be one of the most innovative emergency shelter efforts on the Peninsula that provides a continuum of comprehensive assistance to homeless men, women and children and is financially supported with grants by the City of Newport News, Department of Housing and Community Development and volunteers from interfaith groups from the Greater Virginia Peninsula.  LINK is now the largest homeless provider on the Peninsula, both of emergency shelter and supportive housing to chronically homeless persons with disabilities.

The PORT program is designed for interfaith congregations located in any area of Newport News to come together to open their parish or social halls and provide food and shelter for individuals or families who would normally spend their nights sleeping on the streets, in cars, or perhaps in empty buildings or in the woods.  Other client services provided at the PORT sites include: planning, delivery of service, coordination of services, sharing of information, community referrals, central intake, case management, collection of homeless data, medical referrals, on-site medical evaluations and dental care, establishing standards for the shelter sites, provision of transportation, flu/pneumonia shots, information for affordable housing, job placement and job referrals, locating and providing additional support services not covered by the basic services provision, obtaining identification for the homeless, filing taxes, advocacy, raising public awareness of poverty and homeless issues, developing and maintaining food resources, providing nutrition education, AA, N.A, life skills, access to assisted living and coordination of information and referrals among other service providers.  The purpose of these services is to meet the “holistic” and, therefore, total needs of the client, emergency, short and long term. 

LINK would like to thank all participating community partners for their help in the PORT program:

Newport News Sheriff’s Department
Newport News Department of Human Services
Newport News Fire and Rescue Squads
Newport News Police Department
United Way First Call for Help
Transitions Family Violence Shelter
Hampton Department of Human Services
Vibrant Life Ministries
Hampton/Newport News Salvation Army
Mary Immaculate, Sentara and Riverside Hospitals
Lackey
HELP Free Clinic
Peninsula Institute for Community Health
Healthcare for the Homeless
Peninsula Agency on Aging
Catholic Charities
Jewish Family Services
Newport News AA/NA groups

The Newport News Public Health Department
Office of Human Affairs
Julius Conn Gym Shower Program
St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church
Wal-Mart
Lens crafters
Veterans Administration
Peninsula Workforce Development
LINK’s CANLINK Permanent Supportive Housing Programs, Workforce Center, Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, Household & Furniture, Transportation and Homeless Intervention Prevention Program
Hampton’s Homeless Intervention Prevention Program
Hampton University Students
Christopher Newport University Students
Denbigh Lions Club
Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board

 

 

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