Public Input Meetings Scheduled on City’s Revised 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation is updating the city’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, originally adopted by the City Council in 2007. All cities are required to have a 10-Year plan to continue receiving federal funds to address homelessness. Opportunities to learn more and provide input include:

  • BEACH Community Partnership Planning Committee Meetings: Aug. 20 and Sept. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., Beach Fellowship Church, 1817 General Booth Blvd.

  • Public Input Meeting: Aug. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

Citizens can also share their thoughts online at www.vbgov.com/virtualtownhall until 5 p.m. on Sept. 5.

The city needs a revised 10-Year Plan to incorporate the following issues into a new comprehensive community approach to homelessness:

  • A study of the city’s Housing Crisis Response System, completed earlier this year, recommended changes to the system of agencies and programs designed to assist the homeless and people at risk of becoming homeless. The study is available at www.vbgov.com/housing-system-study.

  • In May, the City Council approved design funding for a Housing Resource Center to be located at 104 N. Witchduck Road.

  • Federal regulations require certain changes to the city’s homeless services system to be in effect by August 2014.

The department will announce and post an updated version of the plan on its website, www.vbgov.com/housing, in September. The City Council will consider the proposed plan in October. The current 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness and the proposed revisions can be found at www.vbgov.com/10-Year-Plan. For more information, contact Andrew Friedman, director of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, at (757) 385-5752.

 

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