There’s some money given to this group to help the homeless in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from VB Home Now to support programs that make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring for families and individuals in the city.

The funds are intended to assist people experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis in order to help them get or sustain housing by providing financial assistance for rent, utilities and security deposits, rental arrears and emergency housing fees, according to a news release from the city.

City Council will be asked to appropriate the funds before they can be used.

“Upfront costs like application fees and rental or utility security deposits can be barriers to housing,” said Andrew Friedman, director of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation. “For households that are living paycheck to paycheck, one crisis, such as a family breakup, loss of employment, or serious illness, can snowball into a series of other issues and lead to homelessness. The VB Home Now grant will enhance our efforts to help families and individuals get out of homelessness by easing these financial challenges, and assist those who are at-risk early on in their crisis before they become homeless.”

VB Home Now is a nonprofit foundation that supports and enhances the community system of services, programs and facilities to prevent and end homelessness in Virginia Beach. In addition to the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, the foundation awarded a total of $25,000 to three other local organizations that serve homeless people:

  • $14,000 to the Virginia Beach Education Foundation to increase its capacity to provide weekend meals to homeless students.
  • $6,000 to Virginia Supportive Housing to assist tenants living in permanent supportive housing with expenses such as medication, transportation and living essentials.
  • $5,000 to LIFT Fitness Foundation to expand and integrate their fitness and nutrition program into the Housing Resource Center.

“VB Home Now believes a stable home provides the foundation for children and adults to be able to thrive and grow,” said Ray Bjorkman, chairman of VB Home Now. “With these funds, our community partners will be able to provide even more families and individuals with the opportunity to not only be safely housed, but to also empower themselves so they can focus on their personal goals and aspirations.”

Donations to VB Home Now help homeless and at-risk families, individuals and youth by addressing key needs in the community.

To learn more about the foundation or to donate, visit VBHomeNow.org. For more information, contact Erin Walker at 757-385-5760 or ewalker@vbgov.com.

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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.