The Hampton Roads Community Foundation presented a study of the Virginia Beach Housing Crisis Response System to the City Council today. The study is intended to provide the city, the foundation, nonprofit service providers and faith organizations with a guide to creating an improved system that meets federal requirements and implementing best practices in order to do a better job of preventing and ending homelessness.
The foundation commissioned and funded the study in November 2012. It was conducted by OrgCode, a consulting firm selected through a competitive process. During the past few months, OrgCode collected input and data from city staff, local nonprofit agencies and the faith community, in addition to including best practice information and other research.
“The Hampton Roads Community Foundation has a long history of engaging in the most serious issues of our region, and homelessness is surely one of them,” said Deborah M. DiCroce, president and CEO. “Our hope is that this particular study will assist the City of Virginia Beach in identifying better ways to serve its homeless population while providing the Foundation with a useful research base for continuing its work on this important issue.”
Recommendations in the report are correlated with requirements of the federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act and/or best practices from research or experience in communities that have had successful outcomes in decreasing homelessness.
“We are thankful for the foundation’s generosity in funding the study and also recognize and appreciate our nonprofits, faith community and regional partners, who have worked closely with the city for many years to address and end homelessness in Virginia Beach and the region,” said Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. “This system depends on all of us working together to be more effective, and we thank all of them for their contribution during this process. We look forward to continuing and strengthening this partnership as we move forward. We know the importance of the effective use of public resources and that taking action on those recommendations that are most critical will help us do the best job possible with those resources.”
To read the complete report, visit www.vbgov.com/housing-system-study. For more information, contact Andrew M. Friedman, director of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, at (757) 385-5752.