April 14, 2020

City Seeks Input from Virginia Beach Residents and Business Owners on COVID-19 Impacts

​The City has created two online surveys to identify critical needs and issues Virginia Beach residents and business owners are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Resident Needs Assessment SurveyVirginia Beach residents can provide input relating to housing, employment, and financial needs at PublicInput.com/COVID19Resident Needs through Friday, April 24.

Feedback from the Resident Needs Assessment survey will help guide the draft plan and priorities for funds the City will receive through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to address housing needs, such as eviction prevention, homelessness prevention, and shelter. Federal CARES Act funding amounts the City will be receiving and proposed uses can be found at VBgov.com/housing. The Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation will present its draft plan on the proposed uses of Federal CARES Act funds for housing assistance during a City Council Special Session that will occur after the survey deadline. If approved, the City Council will be asked to authorize the proposed uses of funds by ordinance during the special session. An announcement will be made when the special session has been scheduled. Business Needs Assessment SurveyVirginia Beach business owners can provide input relating to issues such as workforce and service impacts at PublicInput.com/COVID19BusinessNeeds through Friday, April 24. Feedback from the Business Needs Assessment survey will help focus on areas in which the City can support the business community. The information will also be used to identify the resources and services businesses may need or find useful as they adapt, even temporarily, to the range of conditions imposed as a result of the pandemic.

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