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Donation Meters Offer Additional Option to Help the Homeless

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 peace of mind their donations are going to a good cause.

 

How? A committee of representatives from faith organizations, homeowners associations, nonprofits, business owners and city agencies make recommendations on how proceeds from the program should be used. Money deposited into the meters may go towards organizations dedicated to helping the homeless or to provide basic supplies, outreach and support. 

 

Funds have been used to provide bus tickets for travel to employment, educational opportunities, medical treatment and housing-related searches; prescriptions; identification cards and basic survival supplies.

 

The "Power of Change" Donation Meter Program is an initiative of the Resort Advisory Commission (RAC), a Council-appointed group that identifies and works together to address resort-related issues.
Job Openings at Housing & Neighborhood Preservation
Business Application Specialist II
(Close Date: June 1, 2014)
 
Duties include: Manage utilization of specialized department business applications systems, and investigate user system problems of a complex nature and design corrective procedures. Oversee the preparation of short- and long-range departmental information technology plans, and prepare performance measure reports.
Housing Program Coordinator - Compliance Specialist  
(Open Date: May 30, 2014; 
Close Date: June 29, 2014) 

  

Duties include: Provide proactive guidance to the department and its contractors regarding cross-cutting federal regulations and monitor compliance with these regulations. Develop compliance and compliance monitoring policies and procedures.
The full job postings for both positions can be found at www.vbcareers4gov.com.   

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 these positions.

Share Your Thoughts on the Proposed Design for the Housing Resource Center

Comment Period Closes June 23  |  Public Meeting on June 18

In February, the city contracted with local firm Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects for the formal design of the Housing Resource Center to be located at 104 N. Witchduck Road. Housing & Neighborhood Preservation worked with city agencies, service providers, the faith community and other stakeholders to determine the types of facilities to be offered at the Housing Resource Center; this process also included a design charrette on May 6-9.

 

A Housing Resource Center is part of our community plan to do a better job of ending homelessness and to:

 

Meet Federal Requirements - 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. In order to continue receiving federal funding, the city needs to provide a location for central intake and/or coordinated services. Our current system does not have this key feature.

 

Expand Services Being Offered at the Lighthouse Center to Include Families - Since 1997, the Lighthouse Center, currently located at 18th Street and Washington Avenue, near the Virginia Beach Convention Center, has provided day services for the single homeless and serves as a gathering point for the Winter Shelter Program. Since 2008, the city has been looking to relocate and expand the Lighthouse Center because it currently lacks adequate space even for its current mission and does not serve families. It also does not provide a location for central intake and/or coordinated services.

 

Provide New Shelter or Permanent Housing Options that Reduce & Shorten Homelessness - The proposed design includes short-term shelter for up to 15 families with children (or 60 beds), 32 shelter beds for single adults and 20 units of affordable efficiency apartments, for a total of up to 112 beds. 

 

Consolidate Essential Social Services into a "One-Stop-Shop" that Includes a Central Reception & Assessment Center, and Critical Services to Help Prevent & End Homelessness -

In addition to central intake, the proposed design also provides space for day services and access to social services, a health clinic and learning center that the public could also use.

View & Comment on the Proposed Design 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
The proposed design will not be final until the current comment period closes on June 23. Interested citizens can provide their thoughts on the proposed design at

 

In addition to the opportunity to participate in the Virtual Town Hall, citizens are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday, June 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Academy, 5100 Cleveland St. At this meeting, attendees will be able to see and comment on the updated design concepts. 

 

Crescent Square Groundbreaking in Virginia Beach Marks Fifth Permanent Supportive Housing Development in Hampton Roads
Development Will Be Home to 80 Citizens of Virginia Beach & Norfolk
On May 12, nonprofit developer Virginia Supportive Housing broke ground on Crescent Square, the fifth permanent supportive housing development in Hampton Roads. The event marked the beginning of construction for the development at 1333 Diamond Springs Road in Virginia Beach.
Crescent Square will be a 53,000-square-foot apartment community housing 80 individuals, including 42 single adults with permanent supportive housing and 38 single adults with low-income housing. 
Construction will begin this summer and is expected to be completed in 2015. The development will bring the total number of permanent supportive housing units for previously homeless individuals in the region to 282.

Crescent Square is a partnership between the cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk. The City of Virginia Beach contributed $876,000 in federal HOME funds towards the total development cost of $10.4 million. Housing & Neighborhood Preservation will also provide ongoing rental subsidies using federal funds for 32 residents at Crescent Square.  

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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.