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Our Website / Newsletter Archive                                                                     May / June 2012

General Contractors Encouraged to Apply for Our Active Contractors Registry

Workshop Scheduled June 7

 

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Housing & Neighborhood Preservation invites general contractors specializing in home rehabilitation to apply to be on our active contractors registry. Applicants must be licensed Class A or B contractors registered in Virginia.

Interested? Join us at our Contractors Workshop on Thursday, June 7, noon to 4 p.m., to learn more about our home rehabilitation programs and bidding process. The workshop will be held in room H178 at the Advanced Technology Center, 1800 College Crescent. To attend, register by June 4 with Natasha Wise at (757) 385-5834.

Housing & Neighborhood Preservation provides loans to eligible homeowners to help make necessary home repair and modifications more affordable. Examples of repairs and modifications include window replacements, insulation upgrades, accessibility modifications, HVAC system replacements and correcting electrical, gas and plumbing hazards. Only approved contractors on the registry are eligible to bid on projects administered by the department.

 

For more information, contact Olin Walden at (757) 385-5760.

Project Homeless Connect Serves 600+ 

 2012 PHC 
On April 18, more than 600 single homeless adults were connected to a variety of supportive services and resources at Project Homeless Connect at the Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall. The event, supported by 600 volunteers, featured one-stop access to medical and dental services providers, housing and employment agencies, veterans' services, Social Security assistance and other related resources. Participants also received donated goods and services from local businesses and faith organizations. The services and resources that were provided are designed to assist persons in moving closer to ending their homelessness. 
 
This was the first time that the Cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake merged efforts for Project Homeless Connect.
Housing & Neighborhood Preservation Provides Assistance to Mayfair Mews Residents

The nation watched as the city's first responders and citizens bravely came together to help each other and the Mayfair Mews residents in the aftermath of the jet crash on April 6. Thankfully, everyone survived and no one was seriously hurt. However, the effects of the crash still had a lasting impact on the residents and community. Twenty-seven homes were destroyed at Mayfair Mews, which meant 27 families lost everything or nearly all their possessions. While the smoke from the crash cleared and the dust settled, the city continued to work behind-the-scenes to assist residents.


Housing & Neighborhood Preservation assisted displaced Mayfair Mews residents by identifying rental hsg military hsg staffavailable housing units and rental rates throughout the city. Our Rental Housing Division worked with staff at NAS Oceana Military Housing to determine residents' needs, locate suitable housing and help them apply for relocation and financial assistance programs.  

 

The residents also received help from local apartment owners during this process. Application fees, deposits, and administrative fees were waived and, in some cases, a free month's rent was offered. In some situations, apartment managers allowed displaced households to immediately move in to available apartments.  

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Of the families who requested assistance, 12 have since been housed. 

 

In addition to the housing assistance provided by the department, Code Enforcement played a key role in the aftermath of the crash. Our inspectors ensured that units beyond repair were demolished and that repaired units met all code requirements before residents moved back in.

1,000 Homes for 1,000 Virginians Registry Week Results
During April 16-18, South Hampton Roads cities and local nonprofits participated in the 1,000 Homes for 1,000 Virginians Campaign Registry Week. Volunteers canvassed the streets and woods of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Western Tidewater to identify and create a detailed registry of the region's homeless. Four hundred and seventy-seven persons experiencing street homelessness were identified and surveyed. 
 
This data will be used to prioritize the most vulnerable homeless individuals and families for permanent housing opportunities as they become available. The goal of the program is to house people as quickly as possible to reduce their risk of more serious illness or death.
 
For more information about the regional campaign, contact Lynanne Gornto at 622-9268, ext. 3005 or visit the links below.

As Tourist Season Nears, Task Force Completes Inspections of Visitors' "Home Away from Home"
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It's that time of the year -- when visitors, both near and far -- travel to Virginia Beach to enjoy the Oceanfront and all the many attractions the area has to offer.
 
In anticipation of the summer season, starting in January, the Hotel Motel Inspection Task Force inspects a percentage of rooms within the city's 117 hotel and motels to ensure that safe, decent and sanitary accommodations are provided to the guests. 
 
The Hotel Motel Inspection Task Force is comprised of inspectors from Code Enforcement, the Fire Marshal's Office and the Health Department. Last year, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the hospitality industry recognized the task force with a National Tourism Week Award for going "above and beyond" to make Virginia Beach a destination people want to visit year after year. 
 

Housing & Neighborhood Preservation Wins 1st Place in Employee Food Drive

Collects More than 800 Pounds of Food for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
2012 food driveEvery year in May, public employees at all levels of government are honored for their services and dedication during Public Service Recognition Week. Once again, City of Virginia Beach employees celebrated the week by giving back to the community we serve and held a food drive for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
 
Together, City of Virginia Beach employees donated 3,341 pounds of food -- enough to provide 2,784 meals for local families. For the third year in a row, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation took the top honor as food drive champions, collecting 836 pounds of food -- more than any other city department.
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