- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach says it has received $180,000 from local churches to help open a shelter for the city’s homeless that will also provide community services.

The city is planning to build a three-story, $39 million housing resource center. The new center will include a 40-bed short-term shelter for families with children, 32 shelter beds for single adults and 30 affordable efficiency apartments.

The center will also have classrooms, a health clinic and office space for those who work to prevent homelessness. The city is paying the entire cost of building the center, but private donations will help operate it. Beach Fellowship Church donated $130,000 to support operations at the center, while Wave church donated $50,000.

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