Homeless Initiative

Homeless Initiative

Homeless Older Adults Program

The number of older adults experiencing homelessness is increasing in our community and across the nation. These older adults are more likely to have health problems and poor nutrition. They typically have no access to primary care or family support.

The Homeless Older Adults Program offers outreach and supportive services to older adults experiencing homelessness.

Supportive Services

Our staff can assist with:

  • Guidance on housing options
  • Landlord mediation
  • Personal identification
  • Transportation coordination
  • Benefits

Community Outreach

Our outreach specialist provides:

  • Street outreach to older adults experiencing homelessness
  • Individualized client support to address barriers, increase income, secure social services, and obtain permanent housing
  • Short-term case management after a person is housed


Senior Services’ Homeless Older Adults program creates and informs initiatives that increase access to services and support for older adults experiencing homelessness. We follow a Housing First approach, in which a person’s access to permanent housing does not depend on their participation in services.

In our leadership role as advocates for the equitable treatment of older adults, Senior Services is chair of the regional Singles Service Coordination Committee, chair of the Coalition for Homeless Elders, and a member of the Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition.

Speakers Available – 757-663-4833

How to Help

Older adults moving into permanent housing can be overwhelmed by start-up expenses. Help a formerly homeless older adult make a successful transition by donating a Welcome Home Basket, complete with all the essentials for their new home. This is a great community service project for an office, civic league, church, classroom, or other group interested in giving back.

donated house supplies for formerly homeless individuals under senior services logoGive a Welcome Home Basket!


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

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
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition
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