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 the newest 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 (e.g. health clinic, housing units, prevention services, transportation, etc.).

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.​

Give the Gift of Warmth

Blankets are needed for the Winter Shelter program. To donate, drop off new or gently-used twin-size blankets (no comforters, please) to the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC), 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd. 

​​Give to Help Make a Home

Household items are being collected to help welcome formerly homeless individuals into their new homes. To donate, call (757) 385-5160. 

Needed items include: 

  • ​Twin Sheets
  • Twin blanket
  • Twin coverlet/spread
  • 1 pillow (new)
  • 1 small pot with lid
  • 1 small fry pan with lid
  • 1 bath towel
  • 1 hand towel
  • 1 wash cloth
  • 2-4 plastic glasses
  • 2-4 piece dish set
  • 2-4 piece flatware
  • Can opener
  • Large serving spoon
  • Large serving fork
  • Spatula
  • 1 dish towel
  • 1 glass cleaner
  • 1 dish soap
  • 1 toilet cleaner
  • 1 powdered cleaning product/disinfectant
  • 1 toilet brush
  • 1 toilet plunger
  • 1 disinfectant multipurpose​​ cleaner
  • 1 small bleach
  • 1 small laundry detergent
  • 1 pkg. sponges
  • 1 dust pan/brush set
  • 1 broom
  • 1 mop
  • Large laundry basket

 Volunteer

Volunteers Needed for the Annual Point-in-Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness

​What is the Point-In-Time Count?

The Point-in-Time Count is an annual one-day (24 hours), statistically reliable, unduplicated count of families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Virginia Beach. Cities in Hampton Roads and nationwide will be participating in similar counts this year and reporting the data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

HUD requires each city that receives federal funds through the Continuum of Care to conduct an unduplicated count of its sheltered and unsheltered homeless population. Each year, more than $1.5 million is granted through the Continuum of Care to Virginia Beach agencies that provide housing and supportive services to the homeless. The data collected from the count also enables the city to assess the size and characteristics of the homeless population in order to help develop and enhance strategies for preventing and ending homelessness.

​When is the Virginia Beach Point-in-Time Count?

The Virginia Beach Point-in-Time Count will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25. Volunteers are needed from 3:00 to 8:00 a.m.

​Why is it important?

The homeless count and survey will help identify who is homeless in Virginia Beach and provide us with a baseline number of homeless individuals. The data collected will be useful on many levels:
  • ​It will give Virginia Beach leverage when applying for federal or private aid to maintain and/or improve service delivery to the homeless population.
  • The count can be used to measure progress towards making homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring.
  • It will increase public awareness of the homeless population in Virginia Beach.
  • It will allow agencies to improve their ability to plan and implement effective services for homeless persons.

​How will this information be used to help families and individuals experiencing homelessness?

The more we know about our homeless population, the better we can serve their needs. This Point-in-Time Count is not only a chance to learn how many people are homeless and where they are located, but also information about how they became homeless and what services they need to help them.

How is the count conducted?

In Virginia Beach, teams of volunteers and city staff canvass each of the City’s four police precincts and survey people who are without shelter, Shelter and transitional housing providers also provide client data for the same day.

​I want to help. How do I volunteer for the Point-in-Time Count?

Volunteers must be 18 years old and attend mandatory training. To volunteer, register online by Jan. 12.

I'm interested in other volunteer opportunities. How else can I get involved?

For more information about volunteering, contact Diane Hotaling at (757) 385-1278.
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