Housing and Neighborhood Preservation will host a public briefing on the Housing Resource Center on Wednesday, May 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St. During the meeting, the department will provide a brief history and update on the project.
A Housing Resource Center is part of our community plan to do a better job of ending homelessness and to:
- Meet federal requirements
- Expand services being offered at the Lighthouse Center to include families
- Provide a central assessment center with more capability
- 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. Funding for the design phase of the Housing Resource Center was approved as part of the city’s 2013-14 budget.
Since mid-March, Housing and Neighborhood Preservation has been working 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. The design process and additional opportunities for public input will continue through the end of 2014.
For more information, please contact Karen Prochilo, housing development administrator, at (757) 385-5803, or visit www.vbgov.com/housing-resource-center.