Join Our Community of One Making Homelessness Rare, Brief & Nonrecurring

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Since 1984, Virginia Beach has been committed to ending homelessness through a tapestry of faith, City and nonprofit organizations working together. There are many ways you can support this communitywide effort, from joining our community partnership or making a contribution to our new foundation, to donating blankets or volunteering your time. Learn how you can get involved by clicking the tabs below.

 Community of One Plan

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Community of One CoverOn Oct. 17, 2017, City Council vot​ed to adopt Community of One as the City's strategic plan to address homelessness for 2017-2020.  The plan is the collective work of faith, City, and nonprofit organizations, and represents the vision of the entire community to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.​ 

Community of One builds upon and expands the previous Strategic Plan​ to End Homelessness adopted by the City Council in 2013. This updated plan incorporates progress to date, new research, and addresses the following key items: 

  • The opening of the Housing Resource Center, a one-stop-shop of essential services, shelter, and housing, that is scheduled to open at 104 N. Witchduck Road in the spring of 2018​​
  • Enhancements to the service system that have been implemented to unite the faith community, City agencies, and nonprofi​t service providers as one coalition for ending homelessness
  • Integrating best practices and input from our community partners for our service system​

 Join

If the relationship between City, faith, and nonprofit organizations is a tapestry, then the BEACH Community Partnership is the thread that connects these entities together. ​BEACH, which stands for Bringing an End to All City Homelessness, is a voluntary association of all individuals and organizations who want to be a part of the community effort to end homelessness, and is the heart of our unified coalition. Since its creation in 2009, the partnership has grown to include representation from more than 30 faith, City, and nonprofit organizations, and various subcommittees that plan and implement projects in key focus areas.

For more information about BEACH, visit www.beach-cp.org​.

 Give

Give to VB Home Now​

VB Home Now is a new 501(c)(3) foundation to support and enhance our community system of services, programs, and facilities to prevent and end homelessness. The nonprofit's mission is to mobilize the community to help the neediest among us.​ The foundation achieves its mission by raising funds, accepting gifts and providing other resources in order to fill gaps in our community.

VB Home Now is leading the fundraising campaign to support the work at the Housing Resource Center and impact the lives of the people who will be assisted there. 

By supporting VB Home Now, you will help reinvigorate our community's efforts to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring for many homeless families and individuals in Virginia Beach.

For more information about VB Home Now and how to donate, visit www.vbhomenow.org or contact Erin Walker, resource development coordinator, at (757) 385-5760.​​​

​In-Kind Donation Referral Program

Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation's Homeless Services Division manages the delivery of services at the Housing Resource Center. While the department appreciates the generous contributions from nonprofits, faith-based organizations, corporate partners and citizens who want to support service delivery with in-kind donations of food, toiletries, clothing, and household items for the homeless population, we are unable to store donations at the Housing Resource Center.

Staff cannot accept unsolicited in-kind donations at the Housing Resource Center. Staff will refer community members who wish to donate items to designated agencies. Below is a list of organizations that have agreed to receive referrals for in-kind donations and consent to make these donations available to support clients in the Virginia Beach homeless service system who have case management:

Adult Clothing, Hygiene Products/Food
1053 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 491-2846
Drop off: Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m.)

Household Items/Hygiene Products
2620 Southern Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 631-0710
Wish List
Drop off: Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

New items only
Crescent Square Apartments, 1333 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(757) 805-1482
Drop off: Tuesday - Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The BEACH Closet 
Gently-used and clean; only new pillows
Memorial United Methodist Church, 804 Gammon Road, Virginia Beach, VA  23464
Call (757) 323-9467 to make a drop-off appointment
Drop off: By appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

​Canned/Non-perishable Food
4853 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 495-1886, ext. 414
Drop off: Monday - Friday; 10 a.m. - noon​

Cash Donations:
VB Home Now (see above) or visit www.vbhomenow.org

Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation will also ​periodically share a list of needed items on this page. For more information, contact Erin Walker, resource development coordinator, at (757) 385-5760.​​​

 Volunteer

​A limited number of volunteer opportunities are available to help supplement staff at the Housing Resource Center in the daily delivery of services to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis. Volunteer positions include Housing Resource Center ambassadors, front desk receptionists, housing counselors, and program support. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age (or 16 years of age for a program support position, and pass a federal background check). Volunteers should be able to dedicate at least two days per week at the Housing Resource Center. Mandatory training sessions will be provided.

Interested? Email your name and number to dhotalin@vbgov.com to be included on the list of potential volunteers for when a new position posts or a need for help arises. 

For more information, contact Diane Hotaling at (757) 385-1278 or dhotalin@vbgov.com.​
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