The West Piedmont Better Housing Coalition, Inc. was organized
to develop the West Piedmont Planning District's Continuum of Care
planning and implementation of services to address homelessness
in the area. The organization evolved from a Steering committee made up of representatives from a wide variety
of public and private agencies and organizations to address the
needs of homeless individuals from the cities of Danville and Martinsville as well as the counties of Franklin, Henry, Patrick, and Pittsylvania. The West Piedmont Better Housing Coalition, Inc. seeks to assure that every individual and family, including the at-risk, has a safe, quality, and affordable place to live.
WPBHC serves the cities of Danville and Martinsville, and the counties
of Franklin, Henry, Patrick, and Pittsylvania. The West Piedmont
Better Housing Coalition, Inc. seeks to assure that every individual
and family, including the at-risk, has a safe, quality, and affordable
place to live. We seek to provide a continuum of care for the citizens
of these areas.
The Coalition will advocate for safe, quality and affordable housing
for those in need, including the homeless, through leadership, assessment,
coordination, and expansion of existing services and creation of
What Does Homelessness Mean
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) definition
Continuum of Care is a community plan to organize and deliver housing
and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless
as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency. It
includes action steps to end homelessness and prevent a return to
The Continuum of Care serves three main purposes:
- It is a strategic plan for addressing homelessness in the community,
based on the identified needs of homeless individuals and families,
the availability and accessibility of existing housing and services,
and the opportunities for linkages with non-homeless mainstream
housing and service resources;
- It is a strategic process to develop a broad based, community
wide, year round initiative; and
- It is an application to HUD for homeless-targeted housing and
Services and Resources include, but are not limited to:
- Homeless Prevention - Assistance to help people maintain their
housing and prevent homelessness.
- Outreach, Intake and Assessment - To identify an individual's
or family's needs and link them to appropriate housing and/or
- Emergency Shelter - Short term, safe and decent shelter provided
as an alternative to the streets.
- Transitional Housing - Housing with supportive services to
help people develop the skills they need to live in permanent
- Supportive Services - Supportive services should be available
throughout the Continuum of Care in order to address the specific
needs of each individual. Supportive services may be provided
in conjunction with housing, or through referral. Services should
be available to address both the immediate and long term needs
of homeless persons, such as education, employment assistance,
health care, substance abuse treatment and mental health care,
child care, transportation and other services.
- Permanent Housing - Affordable housing in which residents pay
no more than 30% of their income for housing costs.
- Permanent Supportive Housing - Housing with supportive services
designed to allow persons with disabilities to live in the community
as independently as possible.