Truly a community effort starting in 2003, and thanks to multiple grants and private foundation funding sources, the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) has completed construction of a new, three-story residential building on West Lane in Virginia Beach.
In an amazing collaboration between corporate and non-profit agencies, federal, state, and city agencies including the Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation (DHNP); as well as the vision and courage of the dedicated JCOC board members, this beautiful new apartment building has become home to 14 homeless veterans and 8 homeless people with disabilities.
Ten one-bedroom studio apartments and 6 two-bedroom apartments are now providing affordable housing and wrap-around support services for a total of 22 homeless adults. Shared laundry facilities and a room in which residents may gather for various meetings and programs are incorporated into the building, and the entire ground floor is ADA accessible.
The project will focus on recovery from substance addiction disorders and will provide a total recovery house. Many of the residents will be graduates of the JCOC's successful emergency shelter program. They will already be stabilized and well into their own recovery and they will continue to receive comprehensive wrap-around support services.
The building is designed to provide a safe environment with individually assigned case managers, on-site house management, and optimal peer support to prevent the possibility of anyone falling through the cracks. The choice of a single location over multiple scattered sites also allows for the centralization of community activities and programs.
Residents of the JCOC Affordable Housing project must comply with strict regulations regarding their recovery, attending house meetings and classes, and finding and maintaining employment. Some residents may already have their own vehicles. Those without vehicles will be expected to access public transportation to and from their jobs and appointments. This building will be located within walking distance to the #20 as well as other HRT bus lines.
All JCOC residents are welcome to the free, year-round evening meal at the main campus as well as any on-campus classes and meeting as well as additional services offered by the staff of the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center.
Special thanks belong to the following funding providers who believed in our dream- that everyone deserves another chance and that Virginia Beach is a GREAT place to live.
|Acquisition Funding Partnership
Support Services Funding Partnership
- Beazley Foundation
- Hampton Roads Community Foundation
- The Virginian-Pilot
- Va. Beach Dept. of Management Services
- HUD Supportive Housing Program
- Dept. of Veterans Affairs Grant Per Diem
- All of the caring, generous committee members and volunteers
|Construction Funding Partnership
- Va. Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation
- U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development - Richmond Office
- Dept. of Veterans Affairs
- Va. Department of Housing & Community Development
- United Veteran Alliance Foundation
Help Fund This Project
So many of the projects and programs provided by the JCOC to our community simply wouldn't be possible without the help of our supporters. You can help provide a second chance for neighbors in need by purchasing a custom-engraved memorial brick for placement at this apartment building that will not only help, it will always serve to remind others that JCOC supporters care about their success and want to help.
You can have your name or that of a loved one engraved, a few words of encouragement or make it a memorial to someone that has passed on. Simply download our order form, fill it our and enclose a check or money order and the JCOC will take care of the rest.
Brick Order Form
Residency Selection Process
- Interested tenants are invited to review the brochure and fill out and return the initial application, both available at the JCOC main campus at 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd., on the JCOC website. www.jcoc.org., or by calling 757-491-2846.
- A waiting list will be established from the completed initial applications. The date on the appropriate application will determine next in line.
- JCOC case managers will invite perspective candidates to the main campus for an assessment to determine the best possible fit for the project with a win-win objective, taking into consideration the tenant's readiness, motivation, and homelessness documentation. This is a Recovery House so tenants must have at least 6 months of successful sobriety.
- Perspective candidate's paperwork will then be reviewed by the JCOC case manger, staff, and appropriate board member.
- Once selected, the candidate will be invited back to review the lease, house rules, and determine a move-in date.
- Those applicants who are reviewed, but denied, will be notified in writing why they were not selected. They will be encouraged to address those issues that caused them to be denied and to reapply. Their re-application date will determine their place on the waiting list.