Virginia Beach seeks input on housing needs in city

Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation is developing its 2020-2025 Consolidated Strategy and Plan for the department’s federally-funded programs. The plan will help to create affordable housing opportunities, address homelessness and provide home rehabilitation assistance for low- to moderate-income households.

City officials are looking for public input to help identify critical housing and neighborhood preservation needs and issues in Virginia Beach.

Residents can provide feedback online at www.publicinput.com/VBHousingNeeds through Jan. 24.

The department will also hold a public hearing where residents can provide input on housing needs on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 -7 p.m., at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, Building 21, 2408 Courthouse Drive.

Information gathered online and from the pubic hearing will be used to guide the strategy and priorities for the city’s housing programs over the next five years, according to a press release.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the City to develop a Five-Year Consolidated Strategy and Plan to develop priorities for the following federal entitlement grants: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA). The plan also provides a summary of the City’s housing and community development needs, resources and strategies, and is a management tool for assessing performance and tracking results.

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