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Our Website / Newsletter Archive                                                                  July / August 2012

Beat the Heat with Our Emergency Home Repair Program

sunSummer is in full swing. For households without air conditioning, high temperatures are uncomfortable and possibly dangerous. This is especially true for residents most at risk of heat-related illnesses, such as those with heart conditions, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Housing & Neighborhood Preservation may be able to restore air conditioning to eligible homeowners during the season through our Emergency Home Repair Program.
The program provides low- and moderate-income homeowners in Virginia Beach with affordable loans for home rehabilitations that are not of a cosmetic nature, but are required to remove health and safety hazards. Now through Sept. 30, eligible households with a written statement from a licensed physician stating that air conditioning is medically required for a household member may have defective air conditioning equipment replaced under the program. The program applies to equipment that is part of an existing central heating and/or air conditioning system. Other eligible activities include:


  • Replacing defective heating equipment (that is part of an existing central heating and/or air conditioning system) in the winter
  • Correcting electrical, gas and plumbing hazards
  • Correcting defective roof/ceiling assemblies in life-threatening situations
  • Making accessibility and usability modifications


The program is not intended for making routine maintenance repairs to systems or equipment. Eligibility requirements and conditions apply. Assistance is provided based on the availability of funding. For more information, contact Housing Programs Coordinator Olin Walden at 385-5760.


More About Our Affordable Home Repair Loan Programs

Free Graffiti Removal Service Available to Residents
graffiti beforeVirginia Beach residents who are victims of graffiti on their property can have it removed for free through Code Enforcement's Graffiti Abatement Program. To register a complaint of graffiti on your property, complete the "Report a Problem with Graffiti" form online or contact Code Enforcement at 385-4421. After confirming the complaint and receiving a signed waiver from the property owner, Code Enforcement will arrange for the Sheriff's Office Community Work Force to remove the graffiti by power washing or painting over the defacement.
graffiti afterThe quick removal of graffiti plays an important role in preventing defacements throughout the city and reduces the likelihood of reoccurrences in the same location.

"The partnership between Code Enforcement and the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office on this program has been instrumental in reducing the number of graffiti incidences in Virginia Beach while providing cost savings for the city," says Wells Freed, housing code administrator. "A testament to the program is the decrease in the number of graffiti cases Code Enforcement continues to see over the past few years."

Code Enforcement referred 161 and 214 graffiti cases for abatement in fiscal years 2009-10 and 2008-09 respectively. Last fiscal year (2011-12), there were only 72 incidences of graffiti on private property reported -- a 45 percent reduction compared to fiscal year 2010-11 -- and approximately $4,521 in cost savings to the city. 

Proposed Housing Resource Center & Possible Site Opportunity

During the past year, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation has been engaged in planning activities to improve the Virginia Beach housing crisis response system. A major focus of this initiative is to develop a plan for a housing resource center that would consolidate services for anyone experiencing a housing crisis, including both singles and families. It would connect residents to a variety of services to both prevent homelessness and help people to move out of homelessness.


On July 31, the city purchased property located at 104 N. Witchduck Road (the City Council voted to acquire the property on June 26). A portion of the parcel will be needed for the second phase of the Witchduck Road widening project. Parts of the property also have the potential to be used for other city uses as well. At this time, our department has been given direction to develop a proposal for a housing resource center at this site. Although the city has purchased the property, the development of a housing resource center there is not guaranteed.


Throughout the remainder of the year, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation will be conducting several meetings to develop a community vision and goals for serving residents who are experiencing a housing crisis, to receive public input on the use of the Witchduck Road site, as well as the types of services that should be provided at a housing resource center. 


Please stay tuned for meeting announcements and visit the Housing Resource Center webpage at to learn more about this initiative!
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