Housing Resource Center

​​​Housing Resource Center renderingThe Housing Resource Center will provide efficiency apartments, family and single shelters, supportive services, a health clinic and other community resources in one facility, making it the first of its kind in the region.​ The $30 million center will be built at 104 N. Witchduck Road near Southern Boulevard.

Helping the Homeless Put Down Roots

More than 100 homeless individuals and family members at a time will have shelter or a permanent home at the Housing Resource Center. The center will provide expanded day services, classrooms and meeting rooms for city agencies and community organizations. The third floor will be dedicated office space for the Departments of Human Services. Job readiness and training classes will also be available to help families and individuals prevent or leave homelessness behind. ​

It will provide:

​Family Shelter:

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

Singles Shelter:

  • 51 beds = 44 dormitory-style beds for single adults + 7 respite care beds (operated by nonprofits)
  • Short-term shelter with flexible arrangements to meet the needs of the most vulnerable

Efficiency Apartments:

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

​One-Stop-Shop of Essential Services:

  • ​Day services
  • Coordinated Assessment
  • Health Clinic
  • Learning Center
  • Commercial Kitchen

City Offices

  • Human 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 resource 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, non-profits, 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.

Services at the Housing Resource Center will include​:

  • Coordinated assessment
  • Housing crisis case management
  • Short-term, overnight shelter for singles and families
  • Life-skills coaching
  • Education programs
  • Job-skills training
  • Charitable medical
  • Connection to mainstream social services
  • And more

History & Background

This presentation explains the philosophy behind the one-stop-shop approach. It was presented at the planning kick-off meeting, held on Dec. 5, 2011 at Beach Fellowship Church.

Housing Resource Center Timeline

Contact Information