Homeless Initiative

Homeless Initiative

Older adults experiencing homelessness is increasing in South Hampton Roads, and across the nation.  These older adults are more likely to have compounding health conditions, no access to regular primary care or adequate nutrition, and no family support.

Supportive Services

  • Assistance with navigating the housing process and linkage to benefits including SNAP (food stamps), health insurance, wrap around supportive services and more.
  • The HOA program works closely with several service providers to help connect individuals with various resources that are available to assist in finding permanent housing.

Community Outreach

  • The Homeless Older Adults Program provides street outreach to persons experiencing homelessness. Outreach Specialist provides direct services for those on the street, serves as navigators through the housing process, and provides short-term case management once an individual is housed.
  • Outreach will provide individualized client support throughout the journey by helping individuals to develop a plan to address their barriers, increase their income, obtain permanent housing, secure social services, and coordinate wrap around supportive services.

Resources for Older Adults:

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia is committed to initiatives that increase access to services and supports for older adults experiencing homelessness in South Hampton Roads.  Additionally, Senior Services is a member of the Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition, chair of the regional Singles Service Coordination Committee, and chair of the Coalition for Homeless Elders.

In support of our partners operating shelters and housing programs, Senior Services is currently accepting donations. Financial donations can provide hot meals and more to older adults in need.

Donate Here

For inquiries on speaking engagements on late-life homeless issues please contact our Homeless Older Adults Program Manager.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a housing crisis please call:

Housing Resources

 Housing & Homeless Services
 Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin, Isle of Wight,   Southampton  757-587-4202
 Virginia Beach  757-227-5932
 Portsmouth  757-966-2107
 Department of Human Services
 Norfolk  757-664-6000
 Virginia Beach  757-385-3200
 Chesapeake  757-382-2000
 Portsmouth  757-405-1800
 Franklin  757-365-0880
 Southampton County  757-653-3080
 Suffolk  757-514-7450
 Social Security Administration  1-800-772-1213
 National Hotline for Homeless Veterans  1-877-424-3838
 Local Resources  2-1-1
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Fatima Tomlin                                                                                                                              Homeless Older Adults Program Manager

Donations Needed - Welcome Home Baskets

Help an older adult transitioning into permanent housing. Moving into a new home can add up quickly, especially for those with limited income. Our Homeless Older Adult Program is here to help unhoused older adults aged 60+ coming out of homelessness.
Unused Items Needed

Please deliver basket items listed below to:

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

2551 Eltham Ave. Suite Q. Norfolk, VA 23513

or call us to pick up!

laundry basket
twin/queen sheet set
twin/queen blanket/comforter
toothbrush and toothpaste
soap – hand
soap – body
soap – dish
soap – laundry
cookware (frying pan/small pot)
baking sheet
towels – kitchen
plates/bowls (2-4)
glasses/cups (2-4)

set of silverware
set of 2 hand towels
set of 2 bath towels
set of 2 wash towels
shower curtain rings
shower curtain/liner
cleaner – multi-surface disinfectant
hand sanitizer
small trashcan
paper towel (2-4)
toilet paper (4-6)
can opener
broom with dustpan
mop with bucket


Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition
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