Homelessness

Since 1984, Virginia Beach has been committed to ending homelessness through a tapestry of faith, City and nonprofit organizations working together. The department provides funding to several organizations and has partnered with neighboring cities on regional housing projects for the homeless. We also coordinate the BEACH (Bringing an End to All City Homelessness) Community Partnership, a collaboration between the faith community, non-profit providers, and local government, whose mission is to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring in Virginia Beach.

Get Help

If you are homeless or in danger of losing your home, call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932 (for Virginia Relay TTY service, dial 7-1-1). The hotline is available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What happens when I call the hotline?

Callers are screened and may be referred to various community resources in Virginia Beach. Additional screening may be needed for housing and shelter programs, depending on your situation.

Does the calling the hotline guarantee that I'll receive a shelter bed or other assistance?

No. Shelter, housing assistance, and other resources are prioritized for the most vulnerable families and individuals experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis in Virginia Beach.

Where can I find food, clothing, and other assistance?

Many local organizations provide homeless support services. More resources can be found at www.BEACHCommunityPartnership.org

Give Help

Want to help and learn more? Find a list of partners and where to donate or volunteer, homelessness data and information on our community's approach to addressing homelessness at www.BEACHCommunityPartnership.org.

 Housing Resource Center

​The Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center is a one-stop shop of services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis. The integration of shelter, housing, health center, cafeteria, learning facility, supportive services and community resources in one facility makes it the first of its kind in South Hampton Roads. At the Housing Resource Center, our community system of City agencies, nonprofit service providers and faith organizations are able to focus and grow our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring in Virginia Beach. ​

 "Community of One" Strategic Plan

Community of One PlanOn 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​
Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is planning to update Community of One soon.

Related Information


 Point-in-Time Count

​The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires cities that receive federal funding for homeless programs to conduct an unduplicated count of the homeless population, known as the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. The count helps determine how much funding a community will receive for homeless programs and services and provides demographic information about a city's homeless population. Each year, approximately $2 million is granted through the Continuum of Care to Virginia Beach agencies that provide housing and supportive services to the homeless.

The PIT Count is just one way we to determine how many people are homeless in Virginia Beach. More information about the PIT Count and other sources of homelessness data can be found here.