Dare to reach out your
hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.
Since 1988, VBCDC has provided emergency shelter to homeless
families at Harbor House. Harbor House is
a furnished townhouse with two master suites able to accommodate
two four-person families or one large family. Each family has
their own master suite with bedroom and private bathroom. Downstairs
living space is shared. VBCDC pays for all utility services.
Harbor House is conveniently located near the bus line, shopping
center with a grocery store, and Tidewater Community College.
House Transitional is available to serve up to two homeless
families for up to 90 days with the purpose of providing housing
and support services in an effort to promote self-sufficiency.
VBCDC case managers conduct weekly home visits to the families
in Harbor House. During these visits, the case manager assesses
the needs of the family and assists the family in developing
a Family Action Plan. The Family Action Plan establishes steps
to reaching goals necessary for self-sufficiency. Case managers
also link families to community resources for additional assistance.
Educational workshops are offered on a monthly basis on topics
including financial management, career development, parenting,
health and other life skills topics. VBCDC provides residents
with assistance in resume writing, job searching, interviewing
skills, and maintaining employment.
Though employment is not required for entry into Harbor House,
employment is a key component to achieving self-sufficiency
and a requirement for transferring into transitional housing.
Families who maintain sufficient employment and comply with
the program rules and regulations are eligible to move into
VBCDC’s two-year transitional housing program.
Also see: HMIS
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