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WELCOME 2014 SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENDING HOMELESSNESS
9 Years of Progress Towards Ending Homelessness March 2014 Presented by Andrew Friedman, Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS REGIONAL TASK FORCE TO END HOMELESSNESS
In 2005, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim committed to ending homelessness in Norfolk, and invited the other Southside localities to join with Norfolk. Each locality appointed a representative, and the task force was created in the Spring of 2005. WHEN & WHY DID THE TASK FORCE START?
Coordinator & Administrative Agent The Planning Council Participating Jurisdictions Chesapeake Isle of Wight County Norfolk Portsmouth Suffolk Virginia Beach The Task Force enjoys participation by and support from many local, regional and state organizations that join together in various combinations to work on our shared goal of ending homelessness. They include local housing authorities, local human service departments, state agencies, nonprofits, the United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and many others. WHO IS THE REGIONAL TASK FORCE? Six Localities Working Together for Nine Years
To end homelessness in our region by: Enhancing services through cost-sharing Applying the highest level of expertise and experience to the issues Cooperating regionally when we all can win! REGIONAL TASK FORCE GOALS
6 out of 6 efficiency apartment projects proposed and approved! Virginia Supportive Housing -- critical task force partner! WHAT HAS REGIONAL COOPERATION GOTTEN US?
400 units of approved affordable housing 320 units of permanent supportive housing 80 units of efficiency apartments At least $40 million dollars of investment from public, private and nonprofit sources 6 difficult-to-develop sites have or will become quality affordable apartment sites Four regional Public Housing Authorities have been critical partners in making the efficiency apartment projects possible !
1 st permanent supportive housing development for homeless adults in the region 1 st regionally-supported studio apartments for homeless single adults in the nation With the adaptive reuse of the RC Cola bottling warehouse, Gosnold Apartments opened in 2006 GOSNOLD APARTMENTS (NORFOLK)
2 nd regional SRO opened in 2008 1 st SRO to be certified by EarthCraft of Virginia for energy and resource efficiency CLOVERLEAF APARTMENTS (VIRGINIA BEACH) Adaptive reuse of College Park Skating Rink
3 rd regional SRO opened in 2010 Development was built on land donated by the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority SOUTH BAY APARTMENTS (PORTSMOUTH)
Before HERON’S LANDING APARTMENTS (CHESAPEAKE) 4 th regional SRO opened in 2013
Crescent Square Apartments (Virginia Beach) 80-unit efficiency apartment complex to be developed by Virginia Supportive Housing 40 housing units for persons experiencing homelessness + 40 for low-income persons Construction to begin summer 2014 WHAT HAS REGIONAL COOPERATION GOTTEN US?
Five Regional Conferences to End Homelessness The Planning Council -- critical task force partner WHAT HAS REGIONAL COOPERATION GOTTEN US? 2010 conference at Virginia Wesleyan College 2012 conference at Old Dominion University
Millions of dollars in donations toward regional projects from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation -- critical regional supporter! WHAT HAS REGIONAL COOPERATION GOTTEN US?
Created the opportunity for regional cooperation to obtain the Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant -- over $800,000 in new funds to help veterans in the region. WHAT HAS REGIONAL COOPERATION GOTTEN US? Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation (VBCDC) and ForKids partnered to obtain the SSVF grant!
Coordinated Point in Time Counts Regional Needs Assessment 2010 Hired Regional Coordinator Merged Continuum of Care: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Western Tidewater Regional 1,000 HOMES Campaign Regional Reports Inter-jurisdictional Agreement for Transfer of Benefits COORDINATING EFFORTS
DEVELOPING RESOURCES FROM 6 local governments Local foundations Dragas Family Foundation Businesses Faith community Individual citizens Merged Continuum of Care process “A Sleep in the Park” fundraiser FOR Four regional SROs Continuum of Care Projects South Hampton Roads 2010 Housing Needs Assessment Regional Coordinator for the Task Force
VISION FOR THE FUTURE Additional Projects Underway Church Street SRO & Efficiency Apartments! Regional Employment Program Professional Development Curriculum Regional Central Intake HMIS Merger
Residential substance abuse recovery program for homeless men and women Will significantly reduce mental health, law enforcement and health care costs previously spent to treat this population THE HEALING PLACE Progress Made Installation of Board of Directors Hired Executive Director Secured 501c3 designation thehealingplacehr.org