The Office to End Homelessness announces community input sessions to update The City of Norfolk Blueprint of the Plan to End Homelessness. The Blueprint was created to lay out a plan to end homelessness in Norfolk and address the needs of those still experiencing homelessness. Since the plan was drafted, many accomplishments have been made, like the development of 4 regional Permanent Supportive Housing projects like Gosnold Apartments (Norfolk), Cloverleaf (Virginia Beach), South Bay (Portsmouth), Heron’s Landing (Chesapeake-under construction), the Housing First Initiative, and aprogressive Central Intake System for Families. The City also initiated an effort to link our neighbors to benefit programs, medical and dental servicesand resources through Project Homeless Connect and has now expanded this effort regionally.
The Blueprint is ready to be updated to reflect our progress and to align with the current needs of our nation, and local community. The Federal Plan on Ending Homelessness – Opening Doors – has been updated recently and the Department of Housing and Urban Development has released several changes to its homeless policy and programs. The Office to End Homelessness will update the community at these sessions on the federal changes and solicit suggestions and feedback from our community for the best solutions to ending homelessness to be included in the update of Norfolk’s Blueprint.
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