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Housing Condition Survey Planned for March - April
Beginning mid-March through April, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation will be conducting a housing condition survey of single-family homes throughout Virginia Beach.

What does this mean? In Virginia Beach, there are about 120,000 housing units that are not part of a multi-family apartment complex. Of these, Code Enforcement inspectors will evaluate approximately 5,000 - 6,000 randomly-selected housing units. Inspectors will assess each structure and its surrounding property by observing it from the public right-of-way. Structures with no exterior defects will be rated in standard condition. Structures with exterior defects will be rated as either deficient, deteriorated or dilapidated depending on the severity of the condition.

Why is this information important? The department has been conducting similar surveys since 1990; the last housing condition survey was completed in 2006. Housing & Neighborhood Preservation believes the information collected from these surveys is a key indicator of the health of the city and our efforts to ensure that Virginia Beach citizens have the opportunity to live in vibrant, well-maintained neighborhoods.
Job Opening at Housing & Neighborhood Preservation
Rental Housing Administrator (Close date: March 9)
Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is seeking a dedicated, energetic, and knowledgeable person to be our next Rental Housing Administrator. The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong leadership and management skills, attention to detail, excellent time management, oral and written communication skills, as well as broad knowledge of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. 
 
The City of Virginia Beach is an EOE, qualified Section 3 employer. Low- and very-low income residents of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA are encouraged to apply for this position.
Annual Point-in-Time Count & Project Homeless Connect Held
Point-in-Time Count volunteer reviews the survey form.
On Feb. 20-21, the city conducted the annual Point-in-Time Count of people who are experiencing homelessness.
 
During the street outreach portion of the count, teams of volunteers, nonprofit partners and city staff canvassed locations throughout the city and surveyed people who were without shelter. Those staying in emergency shelters and transitional housing were also counted.

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that all cities conduct the Point-in-Time Count to receive federal funds through the Continuum of Care. Each year, more than $1 million is granted through the Continuum of Care to Virginia Beach agencies that provide emergency housing and services to the homeless. Almost all of these funds go directly to nonprofit providers.

Hundreds Served During Project Homeless Connect
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In coordination with the Point-in-Time Count, Project Homeless Connect was also held on Feb. 21 at the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church.
 
Approximately 200 families and individuals without regular shelter or permanent housing were connected to a variety and services and resources at the event. These included employment agencies, Social Security assistance, social services, veterans' services and other related resources. Participants also received donated services from local businesses and organizations such as medical screenings and haircuts. Project Homeless Connect is part of our community's overall efforts to end homelessness. 
Affordable Home Repair Loans Available
Programs Now Operated by VBCDC
Your home is one of your most valuable investments. Keeping your home in good repair not only protects your investment, it also contributes to a vibrant, well-maintained neighborhood, which helps everyone enjoy a better quality of life. For some, necessary repairs and improvements can be difficult to afford.

Help is available. Housing & Neighborhood Preservation provides affordable loans to help eligible low- and moderate-income homeowners repair their homes and reduce future maintenance costs. 

Affordable loans are provided through three programs:
  • Emergency Home Repair: Provides for home repairs that are not of a cosmetic nature, but are required to remove health and safety hazards. Eligible activities include replacing defective heating equipment in the winter; replacing defective air conditioning equipment in the summer; correcting electrical, gas and plumbing hazards; correcting defective roof/ceiling assemblies in life-threatening situations; making accessibility and usability modifications.
  • Facade Program (exterior home repair): Provides for the correction of exterior code violations.
  • Home Rehabilitation Program (interior and exterior home repair): Provides for the correction of interior and exterior code violations, energy improvements (i.e. new roof, windows and heating/cooling system), vinyl siding and making accessibility and usability modifications.
Loans are available to homeowners who meet income and other eligibility requirements. 

Starting this year, the department's home rehabilitation programs will be operated by our nonprofit partner, the Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation (VBCDC). For more information or to apply for assistance, contact Marc Thornton at VBCDC at 463-9516.
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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.