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HOUSING RESOURCE CENTER NEWS
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As reported in our May newsletter, the city's approved 2013-14 budget includes funding for the design phase of a proposed Housing Resource Center at 104 N. Witchduck Rd. This allows Housing & Neighborhood Preservation to move forward with the design process for the building as well as a determination of what services will be offered.

During July and August, plans for how these processes will be discussed at the BEACH Community Partnership meetings. Please see the article below for information on the meetings as well as how to sign up to receive regular mailings about this and other homelessness-related issues in Virginia Beach.
PARTICIPATE IN THE UPDATE OF THE CITY'S TEN YEAR PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS
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During July and August, the city and the BEACH Community Partnership will work together to review and finalize a proposed update of the city's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. Once this process is completed, the plan will be presented to the City Council for its consideration.

The plan needs to be updated to reflect the results of the study of our system recently completed by OrgCode, Inc., and to reflect what's happened since the original plan was adopted in 2007.

The BEACH Community Partnership is a coalition comprised of faith, nonprofit and governmental agencies that work together to enhance our community's efforts to end homelessness.

Meetings occur monthly at Beach Fellowship Church, 1817 General Booth Blvd., from 2 to 4 p.m., on the third Tuesday of each month.

Sign up to receive meeting notices and general information about homelessness at www.beach-cp.org.
HERON'S LANDING PROVIDES NEW HOME FOR 60 HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS IN SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS

Apartment Complex is Result of Continued Regional Collaboration to End Homelessness

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On June 4, the region celebrated the opening of Heron's Landing in Chesapeake, the fourth apartment complex in South Hampton Roads for single homeless adults. Developed and operated by Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH), Heron's Landing provides permanent supportive housing for 60 formerly homeless adults from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Western Tidewater.

The City of Virginia Beach contributed $480,000 in HUD funding towards the project. Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is also providing housing assistance to eight residents from Virginia Beach using Project-Based Vouchers.

Permanent supportive housing is a proven, effective solution for ending homelessness -- VSH has a 98 percent success rate in ensuring that residents do not return to a state of homelessness. 


 
 
DONATION METERS OFFER ADDITIONAL OPTION TO HELP THE HOMELESS
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Have you spotted red parking meters along the Boardwalk at the Oceanfront? These meters are part of the "Power of Change" Donation Meter Program. The program is designed to help reduce panhandling in the resort area but still provide an option for those who want to give to people experiencing homelessness.

By using the meters, citizens and visitors can have a better idea of where their donations are going.

TASK FORCE HELPS ENSURE VISITORS' "HOME AWAY FROM HOME" IS SAFE, DECENT & SANITARY
OceanfrontIn anticipation of the arrival of visitors from near and far, our Code Enforcement team takes part in the city's Hotel Motel Task Force Inspection Program to ensure that safe, decent and sanitary accommodations are provided to the guests.

Each year starting in January, the Hotel Motel Inspection Task Force inspects a percentage of rooms within the city's 117 hotel and motels to ensure they meet code and fire safety requirements. Of the 12,137 hotel/motel rooms in the city, 1,186 were inspected this year. 

The Task Force is comprised of inspectors from Code Enforcement, the Health Department and the Fire Marshal's Office. The Health Department inspects each hotel/motel for cleanliness and sanitary issues, while the Fire Marshal's Office inspects fire suppression systems and smoke detectors and ensures proper documentation and evacuation plans are on site. Code Enforcement inspects the interior and exterior of each establishment for code violations related to:
  • Electrical system hazards
  • Damaged interior surfaces (walls, ceilings, floors, etc.)
  • Door locks in disrepair
  • Plumbing, heating, and ventilation systems in disrepair
  • Inoperable smoke detectors
  • The presence of mold or pest infestations
"The hotel/motel inspection program has proven to be extremely effective in promoting proactive maintenance practices," says Housing Code Administrator Wells Freed. "The maintenance staff has learned what the Task Force expects and often performs maintenance and building upgrades well in advance of their annual inspection."
 
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fair housing logoVIRGINIA BEACH HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION DOES BUSINESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL FAIR HOUSING LAW AND SECTION 504 PROGRAM ACCESSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. THE DEPARTMENT COMPLIES WITH THE FAIR HOUSING ACT AND PROVIDES REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS AND MODIFICATIONS TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. VIRGINIA BEACH HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASES OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, DISABILITY, FAMILIAL STATUS, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY IN ADMISSION OR ACCESS TO ITS PROGRAMS.