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February 2013 - In This Issue:
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HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS INFORMATION FAIR ON MARCH 19
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Join us and the BEACH Community Partnership at the Housing and Homelessness Information Fair on:
  
Tuesday, March 19
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Renaissance Academy
5100 Cleveland St.

The event will highlight the community's commitment to ending homelessness and addressing affordable housing issues in Virginia Beach. In addition, you'll be able to:
  • Learn what housing resources are available in your community
  • Connect and network with service providers, faith organizations and city staff
  • Hear about potential projects and initiatives
2013 ANNUAL AGENCY PLAN & ADMINISTRATIVE PLAN REVISION
Public Hearing on March 26
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We are holding a public hearing to allow the general public to provide comments on the Annual Agency Plan and on proposed revisions to the Administrative Plan on:

Tuesday, March 26
6 to 7 p.m.
Virginia Beach Municipal Center
2424 Courthouse Drive, Bldg. 18A
  
The plans describe the Housing Choice Voucher Program operations in Virginia Beach.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you
may submit comments in writing by
March 21 by mail to our main office, by email to awaller@vbgov.com, or by fax to (757) 385-5766.

The draft Annual Agency Plan and
Administrative Plan revisions are
available for review online at www.vbgov.com/housing. For more information,please contact Art Waller at (757) 385-5750.
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COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS ON HOUSING CRISIS RESPONSE SYSTEM SET FOR MARCH 4 & 6
Housing and Neighborhood Preservation and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation invite you to participate in a Community Consultation session on either Monday, March 4, or Wednesday, March 6, to help identify and prioritize the most important components for the future Housing Crisis Response System. Both sessions will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

building blocksIn September 2012, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation provided funding for a study of the homeless services system in Virginia Beach, including regional components and connections of that system. The study will recommend changes to the current emergency system that is designed to help individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness find housing and prevent people at risk from becoming homeless.

The Community Consultation sessions will be facilitated by John Whitesell of OrgCode Consulting, Inc., a firm selected by the foundation and the city to conduct the study. Whitesell will use a technique called "Breakthrough Thinking" to guide participants through the discussions.

To attend one of the Community Consultation sessions, please register online at www.vbgov.com/crss or call (757) 385-8136.
  
VIRGINIA BEACH RESIDENTIAL PATTERN BOOK IS YOUR GO-TO-GUIDE FOR HOME MAINTENANCE & RENOVATIONS
Resource Also Provides Collection of City's Housing Styles
Homeowners interested in renovating, remodeling or updating their homes can now access the Virginia Beach Residential Pattern Book at www.vbgov.com/patternbook. The new resource includes illustrative examples of architectural design and housing styles throughout the city to provide homeowners with design ideas that are consistent with the character and unique style of their neighborhood.

patternbook"Whether you are an experienced professional, preparing for your first home renovation or just interested in learning more about architectural design, the Pattern Book is your guide to help you get started," says Olin Walden, Housing Development Coordinator. "An investment in home maintenance and renovation is an investment in our community. Vibrant, well-maintained homes improve the quality of life for all residents, making our neighborhoods safe and desirable places in which to live for future generations."

The Pattern Book also provides resources on improving accessibility in the home, adaptive design for seniors, childproofing, and green building design.

For more information about the Pattern Book or to provide your feedback on the new resource, contact Olin Walden at (757) 385-5760.  
HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION RATED "HIGH PERFORMING AGENCY" FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011-12
For fiscal year 2011-12, Housing and Neighborhood Preservation received a 100 SEMAP score, ranking us as a high performing public housing agency!
  
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses the SEMAP, which stands for Section Eight Management Assessment Program, to measure the performance of public housing agencies that administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Among the 14 key performance indicators measured are:
  • Timely and accurate annual housing unit inspections and reexaminations of household income
  • Correct calculation of family rent share and housing subsidy
  • Ensuring compliance with property maintenance standards before units are leased
  • Ensuring that all available vouchers are used within HUD approved budget authority
The SEMAP uses HUD's national database of tenant information and data from independent audits conducted annually for public housing agencies. 
  
This marks the second year in a row that Housing and Neighborhood Preservation was rated a high performing agency.
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