Housing Boards and Committees

Housing & Neighborhood Preservation participates on several boards and committees, made up of citizens, non-profits, faith organizations, businesses and other city agencies, to address homelessness and promote affordable housing opportunities in Virginia Beach. We also work with our neighboring cities on regional housing projects and initiatives to end homelessness in the South Hampton Roads region.

 Task Force on Ending Homelessness

The South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force on Ending Homelessness is a collaboration of seven localities in Virginia -- the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Isle of Wight County -- and non-profit organizations, The Planning Council and United Way of South Hampton Roads.

Formed in 2005, the task force is the "working group" that implements the regional activities approved by the Mayors and Chairs of these localities. It consists of staff participants from a variety of offices in the localities, all dedicated to getting regional projects accomplished. Together, through the task force, these localities and organizations address homelessness on a regional basis as an addition to each locality's individual efforts.

South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force Brochure

Housing Needs Assessment for South Hampton Roads

Benefits of Regional Cooperation

The cooperation of localities to address homelessness has produced benefits to citizens and to the governments themselves in the following ways:

  • The risk to each city of moving too far on its own and being seen as an attraction for homelessness is reduced; rather, the risk and the benefits are shared regionally.
  • Funding and resources are leveraged.
  • Major housing projects, that none of the localities would likely have been able to afford on its own, have been developed or are in the process.
  • Ideas and strategies for addressing regional homelessness are communicated and shared between the localities.

Major Accomplishments

As a result of their regional cooperation, the South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force on Ending Homelessness has achieved major successes in raising awareness, building new housing units, leveraging funding, and expanding access to existing housing. The South Hampton Roads localities achieved results together that they could not have achieved separately.

Their major accomplishments include:

  • Report on regional homelessness: "Homelessness in Southside Hampton Roads" - This report has become a key tool for educating city leaders, organizations and the public about the scope of the homelessness issue in the region.
  • Affordable housing database: "Housing Connect" - Streamlines the search process for low-to-moderate income households and connects them to the affordable rental properties and housing resources in the region. The link to "Housing Connect" can be found on the right under "Related Links."
  • 2006 and 2008 South Hampton Roads Regional Conferences on Ending Homelessness - These two conferences have featured Philip F. Mangano, Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness as the keynote speaker, and subject matter experts from across the country that presented best practices in addressing homelessness.
  • Regional single room occupancy (SRO) projects: Gosnold Apartments (Norfolk, VA) and Cloverleaf Apartments (Virginia Beach, VA) - Each complex provides 60 units of permanent supportive housing in the region and housing for homeless single adults. These projects have decreased homelessness and added to the stock of permanent supportive housing. They also enhance the physical quality of the community by transforming vacant, dilapidated structures into quality, viable housing and tax-generating properties in the cities where they are located.
  • South Hampton Roads Regional Plan to End Homelessness - The regional plan will commit the localities to continuing to work together and will not substitute or override each locality's own plan to end homelessness, but rather build upon them. It will also demonstrate each locality's commitment to work together in a way that reduces overall costs and increases overall benefits, without shifting the costs or burdens around the region.​

 Workforce Housing Advisory Board

​The Workforce Housing Ordinance establishes a Workforce Housing Advisory Board.  There will be at least 10 members on the board, with said members being appointed by City Council.

Membership shall consist of the following:

  • Two members, both of whom shall have extensive experience in practice in the City of Virginia Beach, shall be either land planners or civil engineers or architects licensed by the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects;
  • One member shall be a real estate salesperson or broker licensed by the Virginia Real Estate Board; 
  • One member shall be a representative of a lending institution that finances residential development in the City of Virginia Beach;
  • One member shall be a member of the City Council;
  • One member shall be a builder with extensive experience in the construction of single-family detached and attached dwelling units;
  • One member shall be a builder with extensive experience in the construction of multiple-family dwelling units;
  • One member shall be a current employee of the Department of Public Works or Department of Planning;
  • One member shall be a representative of a nonprofit housing organization which provides services in the City of Virginia Beach; and
  • The remaining members shall be citizens of the city.

The duties of the board are as follows:

  • Make recommendations to the City Council concerning the sales and rental prices of workforce housing units;
  • Advise the City Council on all aspects of the city's Workforce Housing Program, including recommendations for modifications of the requirements of the program; and
  • Report annually to the City Council on the production of workforce housing units, participation in the Workforce Housing Program, and achievement of program goals.

To view the list of current board members, click he​re .

 Mobile Home Task Force

The Mobile Home Task Force is an informal gathering of people interested in preventing homelessness and creating opportunities for a better future for current mobile home residents. The task force consists of representatives from city governments, housing activists, advocates and residents. 

Our current or planned activities include:

  • Research, information gathering and accessibility
  • Education
  • Possibly a grant to create plans
  • Surveys of current conditions
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