The city manager’s proposed budget for 2013-14 includes funding for design of a Housing Resource Center at 104 N. Witchduck Road. Before determining what should be done with the site, the City Council wants to hear from you. Starting today, interested citizens can provide their thoughts about this proposal at www.vbgov.com/virtualtownhall. This forum will close April 29 at 5 p.m.
Since 2008, the city has been seeking a site to relocate the Lighthouse Center, currently at 18th Street and Washington Avenue, near the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The Lighthouse Center provides day services for single homeless adults and is a gathering point for the Winter Shelter program. The need to relocate and expand the center is part of a community plan to do a better job of ending homelessness, to meet federal requirements, to expand services to families, to provide a central assessment center with more capability, and to provide new shelter or housing options that reduce and shorten homelessness.
In June 2012, the City Council authorized the purchase of the site at 104 N. Witchduck Road as a possible location for a Housing Resource Center. Part of that site was needed for the Witchduck Road widening project. The City Council will consider whether to fund the design phase of a center at that site when it votes on the proposed budget May 14.
A brief background and history of the Lighthouse Center relocation and possible Housing Resource Center is at www.vbgov.com/housing-resource-center.
For more information, contact Andrew Friedman, director of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, at (757) 385-5752.