Are you or someone you know experiencing homelessness in Chesapeake? There are resources for you, including the Chesapeake We Care Resource Center, multiple regional resources, helpful local and national organizations, and the Housing Crisis Hotline at 757-587-4202. Read on for more details.
The Housing Crisis Hotline
Are you experiencing a housing crisis? If you are living on the street, in an emergency shelter, or have received an eviction notice, please contact the Housing Crisis Hotline at 757-587-4202. Staff will connect you to available services with local providers based on your individual situation. The Hotline cannot provide any direct financial assistance.
The Chesapeake We Care Resource Center
To address homelessness, the City of Chesapeake teamed up with the Human Services Department and the Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority in 2019 to open Chesapeake’s first homeless resource center.
The Chesapeake We Care Resource Center’s goal is to provide fundamental services, daily essentials, and various amenities to individuals facing a housing crisis. Homelessness can happen to anyone at any time for numerous reasons. To help ease worries and daily burdens for those in this difficult situation, the resource center connects people with ADA shower facilities, community laundry, lunch and dinner, computer access, housing application assistance, employment search assistance, lockers for personal belongings, and more. During the winter, the resource center will act as a CAST pick-up location.
The resource center is located at 1468 South Military Highway, Chesapeake, VA 23320. To contact the main office, call 757-937-8740 on Mondays - Fridays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For volunteers and church groups seeking to help with services and donations, please call 757-937-8740.
Learn more about the Chesapeake We Care Resource Center on YouTube!
Find a Cooling Center Near You
Looking for a public space with air conditioning? Visit a Chesapeake Public Library branch, or a Chesapeake Community Center location.
- Central Library - 298 Cedar Road
- Clarence V. Cuffee Outreach and Innovation Library - 2726 Border Road
- Greenbrier Library - 1214 Volvo Parkway
- Indian River Library - 2320 Old Greenbrier Road
- Major Hillard Library - 824 Old George Washington Highway, North
- Russell Memorial Library - 2808 Taylor Road
- South Norfolk Memorial Library - 801 Poindexter Street
- Deep Creek Community Center - 2901 Margaret Booker Drive
- Clarence V. Cuffee Community Center - 2019 Windy Road
- Great Bridge Community Center - 212 Holt Drive
- Indian River Community Center - 2250 Old Greenbrier Road
- River Crest Community Center - 1001 River Walk Parkway
- South Norfolk Community Center - 1217 Godwin Avenue
- Western Branch Community Center - 4437 Portsmouth Boulevard
- The Landmark Center, 1001 Poindexter Street, Chesapeake, VA 23324
- ForKids provides emergency shelter to families and children in hopes of breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. They provide individualized client-focused solutions to help families and children achieve a lifetime of success and stability.
- ForKids’ three main areas of focus are housing, education, and critical services. ForKids offers assistance for housing focused case management, life skills training, job coaching, mental health services, children’s education programming, and Good Mojo in-kind distribution.
- ForKids operates Resources757.org which connects families with housing, food, individual and family support, health care, GED and education, and employment.
- Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition (SVHC)
- The Continuum of Care (COC) is the responsibility of SVHC. The main focuses of COC include homeless prevention, outreach/intake/assessment, emergency shelter, transitional housing, supportive services, permanent supportive housing, and permanent housing.
- For more information, visit Chesapeake’s Homelessness Information and Resources page.
- Hampton Roads Ends Homelessness
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- HUD Office of HIV/AIDS Housing
- HUD Veteran Resource Center
- Social Security Administration
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Programs Office
Get connected with more services. Chesapeake Thrives is a public/private partnership that seeks to connect residents to services at any stage of their life by addressing eight priority areas: Aging in the Community, Behavioral Health, Early Childhood, Health, Housing, Poverty and Economic Support, School-Age Programs and Support, and Workforce Development. Call 757-382-CITY (2489) to access services.
The need for donations continually increases, and no contribution is too small.
If you garden and want to drop off your excess produce, or have canned goods to donate, you can participate in Plant-a-Row for the Hungry. All donations go directly to our neighbors in need. The donation drop-off site for produce and canned goods will be at the Taylor’s Do It Center on South Battlefield on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., from June through September. Donations are tax deductible.
Visit the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore website to learn how to donate funds, food, and time. Food donations are always needed and appreciated. You can find a list of food pantries at abbalist.org.
The Chesapeake We Care Resource Center will gladly accept a variety of miscellaneous donations. To donate, call 757-937-8740.
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