Apr 2, 2024 - News

Henrico County will pay $1 million a year toward Richmond homeless shelters

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Henrico County will kick in $1 million a year to help fund Richmond's year-round homeless shelter, WTVR reports.

Why it matters: Nearly 700 people from across the region are experiencing homelessness, per Homeward's latest point-in-time count, but the city has historically footed the bill to fund emergency shelters.

The big picture: Henrico's $1 million contribution will cover a quarter of the estimated $4 million annual cost to fund the expanded homeless services in Richmond, according to the budget Mayor Stoney unveiled last week.

What they're saying: "We know, from Henrico's standpoint, we have residents in the city's shelters … this is the right thing to do," Henrico County manager John Vithoulkas told WTVR.

By the numbers: 49% of unsheltered people in the Richmond region were last housed in the city, per the latest data from Homeward.

  • 14% were from Henrico.
  • 8% from Chesterfield.
  • 16% from other parts of Virginia.
  • 12% from out of state.

What we're watching: Stoney and City Council President Kristen Nye sent Chesterfield a letter last week asking for the county to match Henrico's contribution.

  • The county told WTVR it was reviewing the request last week.
  • "Chesterfield received a request last week from the City of Richmond to contribute additionally toward the cost of resources regarding regional homelessness. We are reviewing that request and will respond accordingly," a county spokesperson told Axios this week.
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