The city’s new Housing Resource Center will start serving the homeless next month

The dedication and ribbon-cutting of the Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center will feature guided tours and remarks from Mayor Louis R. Jones. (Southside Daily photo/Andrew Friedman, Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation)
The dedication and ribbon-cutting of the Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center will feature guided tours and remarks from Mayor Louis R. Jones. (Southside Daily photo/Andrew Friedman, Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The public is invited to a building dedication and ribbon-cutting on Aug. 23 of the city’s Housing Resource Center.

The 10 a.m. event will be at the building’s location on the corner of North Witchduck Road and Southern Boulevard.

Officials from the city’s Housing and Neighborhood Preservation said the center will begin delivering services to the public in mid-September.

The dedication and ribbon-cutting will feature guided tours and remarks from Mayor Louis R. Jones and other community leaders.

“The Housing Resource Center is a testament to the city’s long-standing commitment to address homelessness in Virginia Beach,” Jones said. “Through the new facility, our community will be able to better focus and coordinate all their good work to lift people from homelessness, and give them a real opportunity to put down roots of their own.”

Guests are asked to park at the Renaissance Academy, 5100 Cleveland St. Shuttle transportation will be available. To attend, RSVP here​ or call 757-385-6334.​

Open house tours

​For residents who are unable to attend on Aug. 23, Housing and Neighborhood Preservation is offering open house tours:​

  • Aug. 20 – First tour starts at 10 a.m. Last tour starts at 10:30 a.m.; then at 6:30 p.m. Last tour starts 7 p.m.
  • Aug. 21 – First tour starts at 10 a.m. Last tour starts 10:30 a.m.; then at 6:30 p.m. Last tour starts 7 p.m.​

Tours will depart every 10 minutes. Each will last approximately one hour. A limited number of spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for an open house tour, visit here or call 757-385-6334.

The Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center

The Center is a one-stop shop of services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis. Located at 104 N. Witchduck Road, the new 62,000-square-foot, LEED-certified facility features:

  • Singles shelter: 49 singles shelter beds
  • Short-term family housing: 10 motel-style units (40 beds)
  • Permanent housing: 29 one-bedroom efficiency apartments
  • Day services: Laundry, showers and housing support
  • Virginia Beach Human Services offices
  • Health clinic
  • Dining hall
  • Learning facility

The integration of shelter, housing, health clinic, cafeteria, learning facility, supportive services and community resources in one facility makes the Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center the first of its kind in South Hampton Roads.

For information, visit here.

If you are homeless or at imminent risk of losing your housing, please call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at 757-227-5932, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to connect with the City of Virginia Beach homeless services system.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.