Even without cooling centers Virginia Beach makes sure no one is left out

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

VIRGINIA BEACH — Although the area already experienced its first “heat wave” of the season, historically, residents and visitors begin to feel the summer sun right about now.

Southeast Hampton Roads is no stranger to hot and humid weather and — even without designated cooling centers — the city hasn’t had any issues getting people what they need to get away from the heat, said Julie Hill, a spokeswoman for the city.

“There are many public places where people can go if they need access to cooling – libraries, recreation centers, malls,” she said. “We are also fortunate enough to be located near the oceanfront.”

Ruth Hill is the city’s Homeless Services/Housing Resource Center administrator. She said the program’s method is to stay in contact with people living in encampments.

Hill said when the weather gets hot, “Virginia Beach Services has an Outreach Team who goes out with water bottles to check on people.”

Hill noted the Housing Resource Center has “Day Services” where adults facing homelessness can shower, do laundry, get housing support, and have a meal.

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“Just by saying ‘It’s hot, what are your plans today?’ ‘How can we help?’ we ensure people’s needs are being met,” Hill said.

To learn more about the Housing Resource Center and how to access its resources, click here.

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Lucretia Cunningham is a multimedia journalist at Southside Daily covering hyper-local stories in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Her stories focus on public safety, tourism, and city government. She is a Virginia transplant and military spouse originally from Chicago. Lucretia also served on active duty from 2006 to 2016 and started her journalism career as a broadcaster in the Virginia Air National Guard. When she’s not covering stories on the Southside, she’s covering stories with her Air National Guard unit.