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:

Community of One Plan to Make Homelessness Rare, Brief & Nonrecurring
On Oct. 17, 2017, City Council vot​ed to adopt Community of One as the City's strategic plan to address homelessness for 2017-2020.  The plan is the collective work of faith, City, and nonprofit organizations, and represents the vision of the entire community to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.​ 

Community of One builds upon and expands the previous Strategic Plan​ to End Homelessness adopted by the City Council in 2013. This updated plan incorporates progress to date, new research, and addresses the following key items: 

  • The opening of the Housing Resource Center, a one-stop-shop of essential services, shelter, and housing
  • Enhancements to the service system that have been implemented to unite the faith community, City agencies, and nonprofi​t service providers as one coalition for ending homelessness
  • Integrating best practices and input from our community partners for our service system

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

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.