Homeless Prevention Services

Families and individuals who are homeless or in imminent danger of losing their home should first call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932. A specialist will screen calls and determine the nature of the housing crisis. Depending on the situation, referrals may be made to Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation for further assessment. The most vulnerable homeless families and individuals will be sheltered and housed at the Housing Resource Center or at nonprofit facilities in the community as space is available.

Homeless Prevention Program
Financial assistance for rent, rental arrearages, mortgage or renta​l security deposit to persons with a qualifying crisis. Virginia Beach residents may apply by calling 2-1-1 for more information. Click here for more information about the program.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program
Provides rental housing vouchers for units approved by Housing & Neighborhood Preservation. Initial voucher assistance is for 12 months and may be renewed one time for up to an additional 12 months (subject to the availability of funding). Eligibility: low-income homeless families and/or those in imminent danger of becoming homeless. For more information, call Housing & Neighborhood Preservation at 385-5750 or view the program description.

Optional Relocation Program
Reduces the effect of financial hardships suffered by households displaced from their housing unit by Code Enforcement or other city agency action due to unsafe and or hazardous living conditions. Eligibility: low- or moderate-income tenants or owner-occupants. Assistance is provided based on the availability of funding and is provided one time only to any individual or household. For more information, call Housing & Neighborhood Preservation at 385-5750 or view the program description.

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program
Provides rental housing vouchers to 25 veterans to help them obtain affordable rental housing. Participants pay 30 percent of their adjusted gross income towards rent; the difference in rent is subsidized through the program. Thirty-five vouchers have already been issued through the program. With the addition of these funds, the city will be able to help a total of 60 homeless veterans in Virginia Beach to obtain housing. The Hampton Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center is now taking applications for the new vouchers. Call 722-9961.

Rental Security/Utility Deposit Program
Assists low-income households to secure decent, safe and affordable housing by providing funding for the security and/or utility deposits for a rental housing unit approved by Housing and Neighborhood Preservation. For the purpose of this program, an individual is considered a household. Assistance is provided based on the availability of funding and is provided one time only to any individual or household. For more information, call Housing & Neighborhood Preservation at 385-5750 or view the program description.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA)
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program is the only Federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under the HOPWA program, HUD makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.  For more information call Housing & Neighborhood Preservation at 385-5750.

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