The Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation is updating the community’s Strategic Plan to End Homelessness, originally adopted by the City Council in 2013.
Starting today, interested citizens can view and comment on the proposed goals, objectives and action steps for the plan at vbgov.com/virtualtownhall. The Virtual Town Hall forum will close on Sept. 1.
The Strategic Plan to End Homelessness represents the vision of the entire Virginia Beach community to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring. It is the collective work of the BEACH Community Partnership, city agencies, nonprofit service providers, and faith-based organizations. The plan is intended to serve the needs of all who experience homelessness or a housing crisis, including families, individuals, youth, veterans, and people transitioning from institutional living.
The strategic plan is being updated to build upon and expand the 2013 plan, incorporate progress to date and new research, and address the following key items:
- The opening of the Housing Resource Center, a one-stop-shop of essential services, shelter, and housing, that is scheduled to open at 104 N. Witchduck Road in June 2018
- Enhancements to the service system that have been implemented to unite city agencies, service providers, and the faith community as one coalition for ending homelessness
- Integrating best practices and input from our community partners for our service system