Public Meeting on Housing Resource Center for June 18 Canceled

Monday, June 09, 2014
The public meeting on the proposed design for the Housing Resource Center scheduled for June 18 at the Renaissance Academy has been canceled. Another public meeting will be scheduled at a later date.
 
Interested citizens can still comment on the proposed design on the city’s Virtual Town Hall at www.vbgov.com/virtualtownhall until 5 p.m. on June 23.
 
In February, the city contracted local firm Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects for the formal design of the Housing Resource Center to be located at 104 N. Witchduck Road. The Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation worked with city agencies, service providers, the faith community and other stakeholders to determine the types of facilities to be offered at the center; this process also included a design charrette May 6 to 9 and the May 21 public meeting.
 
A Housing Resource Center is part of our community plan to do a better job of ending homelessness and to:
 
  • Meet federal requirements -- Each year more than $1 million is granted through the Continuum of Care to Virginia Beach agencies that provide emergency housing and services to the homeless. Almost all of these funds go directly to nonprofit providers. In order to continue receiving federal funding, the city needs to provide a location for central intake and/or coordinated services. Our current system does not have this key feature.

  • Expand services being offered at the Lighthouse Center to include families -- Since 1997, the Lighthouse Center, currently located at 18th Street and Washington Avenue near the Virginia Beach Convention Center, has provided day services for the single homeless and serves as a gathering point for the Winter Shelter Program. Since 2008, the city has been looking to relocate and expand the Lighthouse Center because it currently lacks adequate space even for its current mission and does not serve families. It also does not provide a location for central intake and/or coordinated services.

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  • Provide new shelter or permanent housing options that reduce and shorten homelessness -- The proposed design includes short-term shelter for up to 15 families with children (or 60 beds), 32 shelter beds for single adults with a minimum of 20 units of affordable efficiency apartments, for a current total of 112 beds.

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  • Consolidate essential social services into a “one-stop-shop” that includes a central reception and assessment center, and critical services to help prevent and end homelessness -- In addition to central intake, the proposed design also provides space for day services and access to social services, a health clinic and learning center that the public could also use.

For more information, please contact Karen Prochilo, housing development administrator, at (757) 385-5803, or visit www.vbgov.com/housing-resource-center.

 

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