Housing Resource Center

Housing Resource Center renderingHelping the Homeless Put Down Roots

The Housing Resource Center is a one-stop-shop of essential services, shelter and housing for homeles families and individuals. At the center, our community system of City agencies, nonprofit service providers and faith organizations will be able to renew and grow our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring. 

The Housing Resource Center will provide new opportunities and resources for homeless families and individuals to put down roots. On day one, 118 individuals and families can be off the street and sheltered or permanently housed at the center when it opens​ this spring/early summer at 104 N. Witchduck Road, near Southern Boulevard.

As a City-funded facility (construction and most of its operating costs), the Housing Resource Center is a testament to the City's longstanding commitment to address homeless in Virginia Beach. 

Housing Resource Center At-A-Glance

Location: 104 N. Witchduck Road
Expected Opening: Summer 2018
Construction Cost: $19 million (City funds)
Size: 60,000 sq. ft.
Designer of Record: Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects, Inc.
Construction Contractor: S.B. Ballard Construction Company
City Liaison for Building Construction: Virginia Beach Public Works Facilities Design & Construction
City Liaison for Building Operations: Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation

​​With the opening of the Housing Resource Center, Virginia Beach is poised to become a national leader in the effort to prevent and end homelessness.

​​​The combination of shelter and housing for families and singles, supportive services and community resources in one facility will make it the first of its kind in the region!

It will provide:

Interim Family Housing:

  • 10 motel-style rooms with 40 beds and room for cribs
  • Short-term shelter with related services
  • Can accommodate small or larger families​
  • Operated by nonprofits

Singles Shelter:

  • 49 beds = 42 dormitory-style beds for single adults + 7 ADA accessible beds
  • Short-term shelter with flexible arrangements to meet the needs of the most vulnerable
  • Operated by nonprofits

Efficiency Apartments:

  • ​30 affordable efficiency apartments that provide longer-term or permanent living arrangements
  • Operated by nonprofits

Day services

  • Laundry, showers, mail, housing-focused engagement and related services
  • Operated by nonprofits

Health Clinic

  • ​Comprehensive primary care health services available for both participants at the center and the community
  • Accessible by separate outside entrance

Department of Human Services Offices

Learning Facility


Services at the Housing Resource Center will include​:

  • Coordinated assessment
  • Housing-crisis case management
  • Short-term, overnight shelter for singles and families
  • Day services (showers, laundry, mail, housing-focused engagement)
  • Education and employment programs
  • Job-skills training
  • Charitable medical services
  • Social services

​​What the Housing Resource Center will be:

  • ​​​​A site with well-designed facilities in which clients and the surrounding neighborhood can feel a sense of pride and dignity.
  • A place where individuals experiencing an episode of homelessness will come to work on their housing barriers, be empowered, and transition to a stable housing situation.
  • A place where multiple services and resources are consolidated so that clients can spend more time improving their situation and less time traveling throughout the community simply to meet their daily needs.
  • An ongoing partnership between City agencies, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, private enterprises, and the community.

​What the Housing Resource Center WILL NOT be:

  • A place where every single homeless individual in Virginia Beach will be sheltered indefinitely.
  • A place where anyone can just “hang out,” without a personal improvement plan.
  • A facility that is poorly managed and detracts from the surrounding community.​

Housing Resource Center Timeline

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