The Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation and the BEACH Community Partnership will hold a public input meeting regarding a possible Housing Resource Center on Thursday, April 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Academy, 5100 Cleveland St. The city manager’s proposed budget for 2013-14 includes funding for design of a Housing Resource Center at 104 N. Witchduck Road.
The meeting will begin with a brief presentation about the proposed Housing Resource Center, followed by small group discussions to allow citizens to ask questions and provide input on the proposal. Pre-registration by April 10 is recommended as space is limited. To register, contact Jasmin Ciesielski at (757) 385-8136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested citizens can also provide their thoughts about this proposal online at www.vbgov.com/virtualtownhall until 5 p.m. on April 29.
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.
BEACH, which stands for Bringing an End to All City Homelessness, is a partnership of city, nonprofit and faith-based organizations seeking to better address homelessness through enhanced cooperation and communication, coordinated service delivery, resource development and new strategies. For more information about BEACH, visit www.beach-cp.org.
For more information about the proposed Housing Resource Center, contact Andrew Friedman, director of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, at (757) 385-5752.