Public Meeting on Housing Crisis Response System Study to be Held April 25

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation and the BEACH Community Partnership will hold a public meeting regarding the Housing Crisis Response System Study on Thursday, April 25, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Renaissance Academy, 5100 Cleveland St. The study is intended to provide the city, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, nonprofit service providers and faith organizations with a guide to creating an improved system that meets federal requirements and implementing best practices in order to do a better job of preventing and ending homelessness.

The meeting will include a presentation on the summary of recommendations from the study and an overview of federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act requirements. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the content of the study and learn how to become involved as the city and BEACH move forward with developing an implementation plan. Pre-registration by April 24 is recommended as space is limited. To register, contact Jasmin Ciesielski at (757) 385-8136 or jciesiel@vbgov.com.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation commissioned and funded the study in November 2012. It was conducted by OrgCode, a consulting firm selected through a competitive process. The foundation presented the study to the City Council on Tuesday, April 16. The complete report is available at www.vbgov.com/housing-system-study.

BEACH, which stands for Bringing an End to All City Homelessness, is a partnership of city, nonprofit and faith-based organizations seeking to better address homelessness through enhanced cooperation and communication, coordinated service delivery, resource development and new strategies. For more information about BEACH, visit www.beach-cp.org.

For more information, contact Andrew Friedman, director of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, at (757) 385-5752.

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