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Point-in-Time Count & Project Homeless Connect Scheduled in Virginia Beach
Volunteers Needed for Both Events 
Point-in-Time Count: Jan. 30-31
The City of Virginia Beach will conduct the annual Point-in-Time Count of people who are experiencing homelessness beginning the evening of Thursday, Jan. 30, through Friday, Jan. 31.

During the count, teams of volunteers, nonprofit partners and city staff will canvass locations throughout the city and survey people who are without shelter.

Volunteers, who are at least 18 years old, are needed to help with street outreach. Mandatory training will be provided. 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Karen Prochilo at (757) 385-5803 by Jan. 27.
 
Project Homeless Connect: Jan. 31
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Families and individuals experiencing homelessness will be able to access a variety of supportive services and resources during Project Homeless Connect on Friday, Jan. 31.The event will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, 212 19th St.

Volunteers are needed for set- up/clean-up and as greeters, guides and food servers. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Flexible schedules are available. 

Volunteers must pre-register by contacting Michael Shackelford at
mshackelford@jcoc.org.

Online Resource Helps You Find or List Rental Housing in Virginia
The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) provides a free online resource for tenants and landlords.

At VirginiaHousingSearch.com, you can search for a place to live or list property available for rent. Visit the website for more information.
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Homebuyers: Want to Save 25% on Your Monthly Mortgage Payment?
Only One Workforce Housing Unit at Riverlake Left! See if you qualify today!
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 the last remaining workforce housing unit at Riverlake. Only one three-bedroom unit is available.

  

Interested households should apply as soon as possible. The unit 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 Riverlake at www.riverlakeva.com. For more information, contact Cheryl Smith at (757) 385-5742

  

Winter Shelter Program Continues Until April
Program Provides Overnight Shelter for Homeless Adults
Since October, overnight shelter for adults experiencing homelessness has been provided through the city's Winter Shelter Program. Housing & Neighborhood Preservation wants to remind citizens that the program continues all season until April.

The Winter Shelter Program provides homeless individuals with a place to sleep each night from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. at participating faith organizations throughout Virginia Beach. The organizations rotate weekly to provide overnight shelter and meals. Some 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.
Homeless Families with Children
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.
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