Community Housing Resource Center339 Salem Avenue SW Roanoke, VA 24016 540.266.7551 Fax: 540.266.7558
Preventing and Ending Homelessness -
A Community Collaborative
The “10 Year Plan to End Homelessness” published in November 2006, documented the need to address homelessness in the Roanoke region and presented four goals to address the issue. Two of the four goals focus on preventing people from becoming homeless and reducing the time individuals and families spend homeless. The report identified creating “a homeless prevention system to identify and assist people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless “as a strategy in the prevention of homelessness as well as to achieve the “rapid re-housing” of those who are homeless. In order to accomplish these strategies, the plan calls for the establishment of a community housing resource center. There is broad-based support for the resource center – the community’s homeless service providers, the City of Roanoke and other jurisdictions comprising the Fifth Planning District have endorsed the strategy. The Plan was incorporated into the City of Roanoke’s 2008 Consolidated Plan, making the development of a community housing resource center consistent with both documents.
The Community Housing Resource Center (CHRC) opened its doors to assist the homeless population and begin providing homeless assistance and prevention services in October 2009. The program began with funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) to provide essential homeless services to individuals and families living in the Blue Ridge Continuum of Care (CoC) service area. The CoC’s service area covers the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Roanoke and the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem. The CHRC has continued to launch new programs that are consistent with the Center’s primary goal of reducing and ending homelessness in our community. Since 2010, the CHRC has implemented the United Way of Roanoke Valley funded Safety Net collaboration, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), the Homeless Solutions Grant (HSG) and rapid re-housing programs funded by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Through all of these programs, the CHRC works collaboratively with other service providers in the community to ensure our homeless service system is efficient, effective and well-coordinated.
The Center utilizes the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to electronically track participants in order to coordinate services, reduce duplication and to streamline getting individuals and families in need of services through intake, assessment and placement.
Hours of Operation
8:15am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday (by appointment only)