LINK of Hampton Roads—Update from Lynne Finding, Executive Director

Currently LINK is providing annual transitional housing and case management for up to 15 veterans annually. While the vets stay with us, we address their barriers to housing, IE past debts, no ID, medical/mental health and/or physical challenges, prior evictions, etc. We also assist in finding housing using their savings saved during their time with us, to use when they are ready to leave us.

CANLINK permanent supportive housing is in its 19th year and we co-rent, with our clients, 67 units of individual and family housing located at scattered sites on the VA Peninsula. (This houses 101 men women and kids.) We have also just been awarded another grant from the state and will be adding another 10 individual housing units to this program.

People from all walks of life, first time homeless and especially elderly and families, were encountered this year. There are huge gaps…

Emergency Services is inundated with people in need of food, clothing, household goods and furniture. Currently, there’s a significant, fast-growing need, with which all nonprofits working with basic needs are trying to keep up—food especially!

  • Duplicated numbers of persons the agency serves = 33,734 and unduplicated 7,718 in 21/22.
  • PORT increased from 554 persons 21/22 to 749 in 2022/23!! People from all walks of life, first time homeless and especially elderly and families, were encountered this year. There are huge gaps and lots of things to discuss with you on this front.

We are in the process of developing a new initiative for persons who are homeless and medically fragile for interim respite. This program is several months off right now.

We are currently waiting to see if we are awarded a $1.8 million dollar grant, which will provide supportive services for veteran families and individuals in the form of rapid rehousing and homeless prevention and case management. This will hopefully begin in October, and we were the only applicant from the Peninsula! Fingers crossed!

We have been donated a home in Hampton that needs major renovation before we can use it, but once money is raised for that we will provide transitional housing for homeless families with disabilities. There are way too many families who are disabled and are now living on the streets.

​The Living Interfaith Network, LINK, ​was founded in 1990 in Newport News by leaders from the interfaith, civic and business community with a vision to break the cycle of poverty. This nonprofit volunteer organization exists to help people help themselves through education, direct services, advocacy and outreach program. The UUFP makes a monthly contribution (Third Sundays Share-the-Basket) to this interfaith group and faithfully participates with hands-on support in People Offering Resources Together (PORT), LINK’s winter shelter program. Thanks to all in the Fellowship for helping us committedly stay the course in co-ministry with LINK for over three decades!