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Welcome New Housing Program Administrator
Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is excited to welcome Karen Prochilo as the new housing program administrator of our Housing Development Division. 

Karen brings more than 20 years of experience in architecture, land use planning and zoning. She recently joined the department after more than 13 years with the city's Department of Planning and Community Development. Prior to working with the city, Karen worked for private architectural firms on governmental, institutional and residential design.

The Housing Development Division is responsible for developing and implementing programs and projects that increase affordable housing opportunities and prevent and end homelessness. The division also manages the city's Workforce Housing Program and affordable home repair loan programs.
Strategic Plan to End Homelessness Adopted
On Oct. 22, the City Council approved a resolution to adopt the Strategic Plan to End Homelessness. The strategic plan is intended to represent the vision of the entire Virginia Beach community to end homelessness. It is is the collective work of the BEACH Community Partnership, private citizens, city government, and numerous faith-based, nonprofit and private organizations. 

An enhanced version of the strategic plan will be available in December.

Housing & Neighborhood Preservation Closed on Veteran's Day
Please note that our offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veteran's Day.

Overnight Shelter Available for Homeless Adults During Winter

Blankets Needed for Winter Shelter Program
Overnight shelter for adults experiencing homelessness is available through the city's Winter Shelter Program. The program provides homeless individuals with a place to sleep each night from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. at various faith organizations throughout Virginia Beach.

Participating faith organizations rotate weekly until April to provide overnight shelter and meals. Some organizations may also provide additional support and resources, such as toiletries, clothing and medical care.

Volunteers of America (VOA), under contract with Housing
& Neighborhood Preservation, operates the Winter Shelter Program and provides participants with transportation from the Lighthouse Center, 825 18th St., to the faith organizations.

For more information about the program, please call VOA at 437-4911, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; or during the weekend from 7 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 8 p.m.

Families with children experiencing homelessness or who are at-risk should call Connection Point at 227-5932 to access the homeless prevention and services system. 

DONATE BLANKETS TO THE WINTER SHELTER PROGRAM

VOA is still in need of 150 blankets for the Winter Shelter Program. To donate, drop off new or gently used blankets (no comforters, please) to the Lighthouse Center, 825 18th St., Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; or on the weekend from 7 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Debbie Maloney at 437-4911.
Homebuyers: Want to Save 25% on Your Monthly Mortgage Payment?
Only 2 Workforce Housing Units at RiverLake Left! See if you qualify today!
Model Home Open Nov. 2 - 3, from 1 to 4 p.m.
RiverLake-ModelAre 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 two 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.  

SEE A WORKFORCE HOUSING UNIT AT RIVERLAKE!

Model home will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3. Learn more about RiverLake at www.riverlakeva.com. For more information, contact Cheryl Smith at (757) 385-5742. 
 

Save the Date: 2014 South Hampton Roads Regional Conference on Ending Homelessness on March 11

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Mark your calendars for the next South Hampton Roads Regional Conference on Ending Homelessness on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at ODU's Webb Center. 
 
The conference is hosted by the South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force to End Homelessness every two years to share best practices and promote strategic planning among service providers, industry stakeholders and interested citizens. 
 
The South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force to End Homelessness is a collaboration between the Cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk; Isle of Wight County; The Planning Council; United Way of South Hampton Roads and non-profit organizations throughout the region.
 
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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.