On March 16, the city and the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) celebrated the opening of a new 16-unit apartment complex for homeless individuals. The complex, located at 401 West Lane in Virginia Beach, provides transitional housing for 14 homeless veterans and eight homeless persons with disabilities. Residents pay rent and have access to support services onsite to help them transition from being homeless to living in permanent housing.
The project, which will increase the number of affordable housing options in Virginia Beach, is the result of several years of work by JCOC with assistance and funding from the city. The city played a significant role in creating the facility, by contributing $625,000 in grant money - nearly 40 percent of the total development cost - making it the largest contributor of funds toward the project.