Through this partnership, BEACH seeks to better address homelessness through enhanced cooperation and communication, coordinated service delivery, resource development and new strategies. Below is a list of projects and activities we're currently involved in:

Virginia Beach Homelessness Awareness Week (Dec. 19-23)
Two events are scheduled in Virginia Beach in observance of Virginia Beach Homelessness Awareness Week, Dec. 19 to 23:

Donation Drive

A donation drive will be held Dec. 19 through 23 to collect the following items for the homeless community: new or gently-used blankets (twin size only), jeans, socks, hats, scarves, gloves and travel-size hygiene items. Donated items may be dropped off at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC), 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd. JCOC will also accept monetary donations.

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil (Dec. 21)

On the longest night of each year, communities across the nation gather to commemorate the lives of the men and women who have died homeless. This year’s memorial service and candlelight vigil for Virginia Beach will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Lighthouse Day Support Services Center, 825 18th St.

Homelessness Awareness Week is sponsored by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission in partnership with the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation and the BEACH Community Partnership. 


Point-in-Time Count

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that each city that receives federal funds through the Continuum of Care conduct an unduplicated count of its sheltered and unsheltered homeless population during a single night in January. Each year, more than $1.4 million is granted through the Continuum of Care to Virginia Beach agencies that provide housing and supportive services to the homeless. The data collected from the count also enables the city to assess the size and characteristics of the homeless population in order to help develop and enhance strategies for preventing and ending homelessness.

Volunteers Needed for 2017 Count

The City of Virginia Beach and the BEACH Community Partnership are seeking volunteers who are at least 18 years old to help conduct the annual Point-in-Time Count of the homeless population. The count will take place on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 4:30 to 8 a.m.

Volunteers will be part of a team assigned to one of the four police precincts in Virginia Beach to help count and administer a survey to homeless individuals living on the streets. Mandatory training will be provided. To volunteer, register online at www.beach-cp.org/pit-volunteer-2017 by Jan. 10. For more information, contact Pam Shine at (757) 385-5761 or pshine@vbgov.com.


Strategic Plan to End Homelessness
The Strategic Plan to End Homelessness is intended to represent the vision of the entire Virginia Beach community to end homelessness. It is the collective work of the BEACH Community Partnership, private citizens, city government, and numerous faith-based, nonprofit and private organizations. 

Housing Resource Center
The Housing Resource Center is part of our community's plan to do a better job of ending homelessness and to:
  • Expand services being offered at the Lighthouse Center to include families
  • Provide new shelter and permanent housing options that reduce and shorten homelessness
  • Consolidate essential social services into a "one-stop-shop:" central reception, assessment center, and critical services to help prevent and end homelessness
BEACH is working with the Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation and other stakeholders to determine what services will be offered.

Continuum of Care​​​​​​

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. The program assists families and individuals (including unaccompanied youth) experiencing homelessness and provides the services needed to help them move into transitional and permanent housing with the goal of long-term stability. Each year, more than $1.6 million is granted through the CoC ​to Virginia Beach agencies that provide housing and supportive services to the homeless.

The grant application process is coordinated by the BEACH​ CoC Committee. Every year, the Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation submits the CoC application for funding to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Virginia Beach.

For more information about the CoC Program, contact Pam Shine at (757) 437-4911.

Virginia Beach Data Dashboard Report: data reported by member agencies to the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)