Homeless families, individuals have started moving into the city’s Housing Resource Center

The Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center (Southside Daily photo/Andrew Friedman, Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation)
The Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center (Southside Daily photo/Andrew Friedman, Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The city’s new Housing Resource Center, 104 N. Witchduck Road, is now open and serving people experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis.

Homeless families and individuals who have previously connected with the Virginia Beach homeless service system have started moving into the family and singles shelter at the Housing Resource Center, according to a news release from Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation.

The day services center, which replaces the Lighthouse Center and provides expanded and enhanced day services, is also open.

The health center will begin offering services to the public beginning Monday.

Here’s a rundown:

Shelter, housing and meal services

Families and individuals who are homeless or in imminent danger of losing their home should first call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at 757-227-5932.

A specialist will screen calls and determine the nature of the housing crisis. Depending on the situation, referrals may be made to Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation for further assessment. The most vulnerable homeless families and individuals will be sheltered and housed at the Housing Resource Center or at nonprofit facilities in the community as space is available, according to the city.

Individuals who have previously connected with the homeless service system and matched for the apartments at the Housing Resource Center will move in later this month.

Dining hall meals are provided to Housing Resource Center shelter and day services participants only.

Health Center

The health center will open to the public on Monday, Sept. 24.

Southeastern Virginia Health Services will operate the health center and provide comprehensive primary care health services for adults and children, such as exams, immunizations, and management of chronic (hypertension, diabetes, etc.) and acute (cold, flu, etc.) conditions, according to the news release.

Health education, nutrition counseling, medication assistance, and laboratory services will also be offered on site.

Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9 to 11 a.m.

All other times are by appointment only. For information about the health center, call 757-431-7353.

Day services

Unsheltered adults (ages 18 and older) in need of showers, laundry facilities, mail services, and housing support can access day services Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information about day services, call 757-385-5160.

For information about the Housing Resource Center, call 757-385-5167 or visit here.

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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.