Va. Beach opens overnight winter shelter for the homeless

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The City of Virginia Beach has set up an overnight shelter for homeless adults.

The city’s Winter Shelter program provides the homeless with a place to sleep each night at faith organizations throughout Virginia Beach.

Homeless adults in need of overnight shelter have to check in each night between 5:00 and 7:00 at the Day Support Services Center, located at 825 18th Street. Shelter space is limited and is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each person is allowed to bring one bag that can fit underneath their seat on the bus or on their lap. Participants are dropped off at the Day Support Services Center each morning at 7 a.m.

The Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) runs the Winter Shelter program under a contract with the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation. JCOC gives shelter participants with transportation from the Day Support Services Center to the faith organizations.

Blankets are needed for the Winter Shelter program. To donate, drop off new or gently used blankets (no comforters) to JCOC at 1053 Virginia Beach Boulevard. JCOC will also accept monetary donations.

Families with children experiencing homelessness or who are at-risk should call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at 757-227-5932 to access the city’s homeless prevention and services system.

Learn more about shelters in the City of Virginia Beach here.