City to Host Public Forums on Homelessness

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation will host a series of public forums regarding the issue of homelessness in the city. The first will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Beach Fellowship Church, 1817 General Booth Blvd. An agenda can be found online at


The forums will give service providers and citizens an opportunity to discuss key concerns, share ideas and collectively develop solutions to resolve those concerns. The meetings are not intended to address new sites for the Lighthouse Center or criteria for selecting a suitable site.


“We want participants to engage in an open dialogue on how service providers and the city can best help the homeless, while making a positive impact on related issues that residents face,” said Andrew Friedman, director of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation. “During the series, attendees will be able to shape the discussion and set goals regarding this issue.”


To attend, contact Natalie Anderson at or (757) 385-5814. For persons with disabilities, please specify if special accommodations are needed. Details for the next meetings will be announced at a later date.


For more information, contact Andrew Friedman at (757) 385-5752.