This program provides overnight winter shelter in Virginia Beach for homeless adults

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pexels)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pexels)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Overnight shelter for single adults (18 and older) experiencing homelessness is available through the city’s Winter Shelter program.

The program provides homeless individuals with a warm place to sleep each night at various faith organizations throughout Virginia Beach, city officials said.

To access the Winter Shelter program, individuals must check in each day that overnight shelter is needed. Check-in times and locations are below:

Days Check-In Time Where to Check In:
Monday – Friday 3 – 5 p.m. Housing Resource Center
104 N. Witchduck Road
Saturday and Sunday 3 – 5 p.m. Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC)
1053 Virginia Beach Blvd.

Shelter space is limited and placement in the winter shelter is not guaranteed. Spots are provided through random selection (not first come, first served).

Transportation is provided from the check-in location to the shelter site. Each individual is allowed to bring one bag that is able to fit underneath their seat on the bus or on their lap. Participants are picked up from the shelter site and dropped off at the Housing Resource Center or JCOC, depending on the day.

JCOC, under a contract with Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, operates the Winter Shelter program and provides participants with transportation. Participating faith organizations rotate weekly to provide overnight shelter and meals. Some organizations may also provide additional support and resources, such as toiletries and clothing, according to the city.

For more information about the Winter Shelter program, contact Pam Shine, homeless service system manager, at 757-385-5761.

Families with children experiencing homelessness who need overnight shelter should call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at 757-227-5932.

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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.