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September is National Preparedness Month -- Are You Ready?
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National Preparedness Month is an annual nationwide effort to encourage Americans to plan and prepare for emergencies. Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere, anytime. Being prepared and knowing what to do in an emergency is especially important as we enter the height of hurricane season. 

Help protect your home, and keep you and your family safe with these emergency preparedness tips and remember: Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Stay Informed.

Share Your Thoughts Online on the City's Revised 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

Virtual Town Hall Forum Closes Sept. 5 at 5 p.m.
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Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is updating the city's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, originally adopted by the City Council in 2007. All cities are required to have a 10-Year plan to continue receiving federal funds to address homelessness. 

You can make suggestions about proposed revisions to the plan at www.vbgov.com/virtualtownhall or at the next BEACH Community Partnership meeting on Sept. 17,  from 2 to 4 p.m., Beach Fellowship Church, 1817 General Booth Blvd.

The city needs a revised plan, which will now be called the Strategic Plan to End Homelessness, to incorporate the following issues into a new comprehensive community approach to homelessness:
  • A study of the city's Housing Crisis Response System, completed earlier this year, recommended changes to the system of agencies and programs designed to assist the homeless and people at risk of becoming homeless. 
  • In May, the City Council approved design funding for a Housing Resource Center to be located at 104 N. Witchduck Road. 
  • Federal regulations require certain changes to the city's homeless services system to be in effect by August 2014.
An updated version of the plan will be posted on our website in September. The City Council will consider the proposed plan in October.
 
Homebuyers: Want to Save 25% on Your Monthly Mortgage Payment?
Only 3 Workforce Housing Units at RiverLake Left! See if you qualify today! Plus: How-to-Apply Workshops Scheduled on Sept. 21 & 23
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Are you or someone you know interested in buying a home? Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is continuing to accept applications for an opportunity to purchase a workforce housing unit at RiverLake. Only three three-bedroom units are available. Interested households should apply as soon as possible. Remaining units will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible buyers. Click here for the application package.
 
The Workforce Housing Program is a shared appreciation program that helps eligible buyers purchase a workforce housing unit with special financing (shown below) that allows for more affordable monthly mortgage payments. To be eligible, households must live or work full-time in Virginia Beach, cannot own other real estate, and must meet income and asset restrictions. Occupancy and resale restrictions also apply.


3 Bedroom
Sales Price
$279,400

Workforce Housing Discount

(Held by city as a 2nd Deed 

of Trust; requires no monthly

payments)
- $69,850

Eligible Buyer Must be able

to Finance
$209,550
 
 
 
 
  



Eligible buyer must also pay/finance own closing costs. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS AT A HOW-TO-APPLY WORKSHOP*:

Saturday, Sept. 21 
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 23 
6 - 7:30 p.m.

Both workshops will be held at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard. *Attendance is not mandatory in order to apply.

  

Learn more about RiverLake at www.riverlakeva.comFor more information or to register for a workshop, contact Cheryl Smith at (757) 385-5742.

City of Virginia Beach Labor Day Operating Schedule
Please note that Housing & Neighborhood Preservation's offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. Complete Operating Schedule 
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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.