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Winchester Sheriff Les Taylor
Winchester Sheriff Les Taylor

Winchester — To help curb homelessness, the city Sheriff’s Office on Monday began distributing brochures to residents being served eviction notices.

With the Sheriff’s Office serving sometimes two eviction notices per day, deputy MacKenzie Knowles said the goal is to give families options when faced with such a life-changing event.

According to the brochure, the local Centralized Housing Intake offers a central point of entry for households experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness.

The brochure describes the resources available through the organization, including frequently asked questions and the process to seek assistance. Knowles said while the Sheriff’s Office may not be able to stop an eviction, helping steer families in the right direction is vital.

“It seems like a small thing, but it really may help,” Knowles said.

Centralized Housing Intake can be reached at 540-271-1701 or 855-831-4116.

*This story appeared in The Winchester Star on August 4, 2016 (Contact reporter Christopher Earley at [email protected])