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PARKS & RECREATION

Information on many of these activities and facilities can also be found online at www.nngov.com/parks-and-recreation.

AEROMODEL FIELD • A 30-acre field in Newport News Park is available to fly model aircraft. For more information, call the park office at 886-7912.

BEACHES • Newport News has three public beaches:

  • Anderson Park
    16th Street at C. Waldo Scott, M.D. Bridge
  • Huntington Park
    9287 Warwick Boulevard
  • King-Lincoln Park
    6th Street and Jefferson Avenue

For information, call the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism at 926-1400.

BICYCLES
— BICYCLE HELMETS • City and state law require children 14 years old and under riding bicycles on public roadways, alleyways or sidewalks to wear protective headgear. The fine issued by the City of Newport News is $25.00. This fine shall be suspended for first time offenders, and most likely waived if the offender purchases a bicycle helmet.

— BICYCLE RENTALS • For information, call the Newport News Park Campsite Office at 888-3333.

— BICYCLE TRAILS • Newport News has more than 10 miles of bike trails, which include a 5-mile mountain bike trail. For information, call Newport News Park at 886-7912 or Harwood’s Mill at 234-6700. The Department of Engineering considers the construction of bike trails as may be appropriate to plans associated with the development of sites and subdivisions as well as along with construction of public improvements projects. For information, visit the Department of Engineering on the 8th floor of City Hall or call 926-8611.

BOATS
— BOAT RAMPS • Boat ramps are available at the following locations below.

Launch permits are available at the Newport News Park campsite office on a daily basis. For more information, call Newport News Park at 888-3333.

  • DENBIGH PARK - end of Denbigh Boulevard. Open sunrise to 10:00 p.m.
  • HARWOOD’S MILL - Oriana Road. Rentals available. Open weekends and holidays only, May through October. Open to private launch daily sunrise to sunset. Launch permit required. No gas motors.
  • HUNTINGTON PARK - Warwick Boulevard. Open 24 hours a day.
  • NEWPORT NEWS PARK - Jefferson Avenue and Fort Eustis Boulevard. Open to private launch daily sunrise to sunset. Launch permit required. No gas motors.
  • PETERSON’S YACHT BASIN - 16th Street and Oak Avenue. Open 24 hours a day.

— BOAT REGISTRATION/TITLE • Virginia state law requires all boats with mechanical propulsion and sailboats more than 18 feet in length to be registered. For more details and to obtain an application form, call the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, Boat Registration toll free at 1-877-898-2628 or visit its website at www.dgif.virginia.gov.

— BOATING/CANOEING/PADDLEBOATING • Rentals are available at Newport News Park Campsite Office (daily), Lee Hall Fishing Area (Summer weekends and holidays only) and Harwood’s Mill Fishing Area (Summer weekends and holidays only). Oars, paddles and personal flotation devices are provided. You must be at least 16 years of age to rent watercraft. For more information, call Newport News Park at 888-3333.

— BOATING SAFETY CLASSES • For information on boating safety classes, call the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries’ regional boating education coordinator at 1-804-367-8693 or visit www.dgif.virginia.gov.

— MARINA, LEEWARD MUNICIPAL • Leeward Marina is managed by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. The 200-slip Marina is located at 7499 River Road, at the foot of the James River Bridge on the opposite side from Huntington Beach Park. These slips are available for rent on a monthly, semi-monthly, annual or overnight basis. The Marina also provides a full-service fuel dock with diesel and unleaded gas. For information, call 247-2359.

CAMPING • A 188-site campground with utility hook-up is available in Newport News Park. For information, call 888-3333.

FISHING • Saltwater fishing piers are located at Hilton School, King-Lincoln Park, Denbigh Park and the Monitor-Merrimac Overlook. Freshwater fishing is available at Lee Hall Reservoir and Harwood’s Mill Reservoir. For information on hours and boat and equipment rentals, call 886-7912 or call the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism at 926-1400.

INSTRUCTIONAL CLASSES • The Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism offers instructional classes on a variety of topics including ice skating, karate, aerobics, gymnastics, ballroom dancing, ballet and jazz dancing, preschool activities for children, music, art, drama, sewing and many others. For more information, call 926-1400 or 886-7912.

PARKS
Visit www.nngov.com/parks-and-recreation for information on park locations, contact numbers, and activities available at each park, or call 926- 1400 or 886-7912.

29th & Oak Minipark 500 Block of 29th Street
29th & Terminal Minipark 1300 Block of 29th Street
47th/Warwick Minipark 47th Street & Warwick Boulevard
Anderson Park 16th Street & Oak Avenue
Beechlake Park End of Longmeadow Drive
Boulevard Park J. Clyde Morris Boulevard & Warwick Boulevard
Christopher Newport Park 29th Street & West Avenue
Deer Park 11523 Jefferson Avenue
Denbigh Boat Ramp West End of Denbigh Boulevard
Endview Plantation Yorktown Road
Highland Court Highland Court
Hilton Pier/Ravine Hilton School, End of Main Street
Huntington Heights Huntington Ave. & Warwick Boulevard
Huntington Park Riverpark Drive at Mercury Boulevard
Ivy Farms Park East End of Ivy Farms Road
JAMA Square 25th Street & Jefferson Avenue
Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza 25th Street & Jefferson Avenue
King-Lincoln Park 600 Jefferson Avenue
Lake Maury Natural Area South Side of Lake Maury
Lee Hall Plantation 163 Yorktown Road
Lee's Mill 180 River’s Ridge Circle
Municipal Lane Park Municipal Lane
Newport News Park 13560 Jefferson Avenue
Nicewood Park End of Niceview Drive
Potter's Field 14747 Warwick Boulevard
Queen's Hithe Oakland Industrial Park
Riverview Farm Park 105 City Farm Road
Skiffe's Creek Park 17573 Warwick Boulevard
Skiffe's Creek Redoubt Enterprise Drive
Stoney Run Park 15110 Warwick Boulevard
Superblock 26th Street & West Avenue
Tear Drop Park End of Newport Avenue
Young's Mill 13035 Warwick Boulevard


PARK ACTIVITIES • There are many recreational activities offered through the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism including interpretive visitor centers, ranger stations, campsites, picnic shelters, playgrounds, fitness and hiking trails, self-guided nature trail, bridle trails, bike rentals and trails, boat launch ramps and concessions, fishing piers, tennis courts, volleyball courts, archery ranges, ropes and initiatives course, outdoor stages, horse riding areas, wildlife rehabilitation compound and a rose garden. For more information on these locations and to learn about other recreational opportunities, call 886-7912.

POOLS • The Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism operates two outdoor municipal swimming pools and one indoor facility. They are located at:

  • Doris Miller Community Center,
    2814 Wickham Avenue, 247-1401
  • Magruder Recreation Center,
    712 Chestnut Avenue, 247-5934
  • Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (indoor),
    570 McLawhorne Drive, 591-4853

Outdoor pools normally operate from mid-June through Labor Day. For additional information about these sites call 926-1400.

RECREATION CENTERS
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism operates 12 recreation centers which host a variety of seasonal activities including volleyball, swimming, basketball, indoor soccer, wrestling, cheerleading and gymnastics. Additional facilities throughout the city are used during the year to host 21 school age programs, 13 summer programs, and ten seasonal centers. For more information, call 926-1400.

An Achievable Dream Tennis Center
300 Ivy Avenue 247-2428
Denbigh Recreation Center
14302 Old Courthouse Way 886-7928
Doris Miller Community Center
2814 Wickham Avenue 247-8603
Jenkins Recreation Center
80 Menchville Road 881-5411
Julie Conn Gymnasium
328 30th Street 247-8609
Magruder Recreation Center
1712 Chestnut Avenue 247-8504
Brittingham-Midtown Community Center
570 McLawhorne Drive 591-4853
Newsome Park Recreation Center
4200 Marshall Avenue 247-8435
Richneck Recreation Center
205 Tyner Road 886-7952
Riverview Gymnastics Center
125 City Farm Road 886-2729
Saunders Recreation Center
853 Harpersville Road 591-4842
Warwick Recreation Center
29 Copeland Lane 591-4892

 

SPORTS
— ARCHERY • A 5-star archery range is available at Newport News Park. For information, call 886-7912.

— ATHLETIC FIELDS/GYMNASIUMS • Athletic fields and gymnasiums are available for rental on an hourly or daily basis. There are 80+ athletic fields in Newport News. For information on athletic field and gymnasium rentals, call the Warwick Recreation Center at 591‑4892.

— GOLF • Newport News Golf Club, a 36-hole full service public facility, is located in Newport News Park. There is a restaurant, snack bar and pro shop in the Clubhouse with a driving range and putting greens on the grounds. For information regarding fees and hours, visit the Newport News Golf Club located at 901 Clubhouse Way (off Ft. Eustis Boulevard) or call 886-7925.

— RECREATIONAL SPORTS, YOUTH/ADULT • The Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism offers a comprehensive sports program for youth and adults including baseball, basketball, soccer, football, field hockey, softball, cheerleading, volleyball, wrestling and more. For team sign-ups and other information, call 591-4892. Individuals interested in participating, coaching, refereeing, volunteering or starting a new sport, call 926-1400.

— TENNIS CENTERS/TENNIS COURTS • There are over 50 free public tennis courts located at City schools and parks. There is also a public, 20-court limited complex at Huntington Park available at moderate rates. For reservations, league, instruction, rental and tournament information, call the Huntington Park Tennis Center at 247-8587. Also the City has four indoor hard courts at An Achievable Dream Tennis Center. For reservations, call 247-4853.

PERMITS & LICENSES

BANNER PERMIT • For banners on City property, requests must be received at least 30 days in advance of the desired start date. For information, visit the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism located at 700 Town Center Drive, Ste. 320 or call 926-1400.  For banners on private property, visit the Department of Codes Compliance located on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8861.

BINGO/RAFFLE PERMIT • Bingo permits are issued by the State Charitable Gaming Commission in Richmond. For information, call (804) 786-1681 or visit dcg.virginia.gov.

BLOCK PARTY PERMIT • For information, visit the Department of Engineering located on the 8th floor of City Hall or call 926-8611.

BONFIRE/BURNING PERMIT • For information, complaints or code violations, call the Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau at 926-8404.

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT • A conditional use permit allows a use in a zoning district where the use is not an established use for that particular area. For information, visit the Department of Planning located on the 2nd floor of City Hall or call 926-8761.

DEMOLITION PERMIT • A demolition permit is required when deconstructing buildings that required a building permit when they were erected. For information regarding demolition permits, visit the Department of Codes Compliance on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8861.

DRIVEWAY PERMIT • Any work within the City right-of-way such as driveways, requires a right-of-way permit. For information, visit the Department of Engineering located on the 8th floor of City Hall or call 926-8611.

ELECTRICAL PERMIT • An electrical permit is required for work done on an electrical system rated in excess of 49 volts. For information regarding electrical permits, call the Department of Codes Compliance on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8861.

FLEA MARKET PERMIT • For information on permanent flea market businesses, visit the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office located in the City Hall Annex or call 926-8651.

FISHING LICENSE • State residents 16 years of age or older must have a valid state freshwater fishing license to fish in freshwater and residents ages 16 to 64 must have a valid saltwater fishing license to fish in saltwater. For information on resident and nonresident freshwater and saltwater fishing licenses and local license agents, call the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-1000. For saltwater fishing license information, call the Virginia Marine Resources Commission at 247-2265. Lifetime freshwater fishing licenses are also available from the Richmond office of the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, call (804) 367-1000. Visit www.dgif.virginia.gov for a listing of local businesses that sell licenses.

FOOD SALES PERMIT • Temporary permits to sell food can be obtained from the Peninsula Health Center at 594-7340.

FOOT RACES/WALKS • For permit information on races or walks, visit the Department of Engineering located on the 8th floor of City Hall or call 926-8611.

GARAGE/YARD SALE PERMIT • Garage sale permits are required for residential yard sales or a fine will be issued. Permits and other information may be obtained from the Police Department at the following locations:

  • Police Headquarters, 9710 Jefferson Avenue, 928-4100 
  • North Precinct, 368 DeShazor Drive, 369-3105
  • Central Precinct, 611 Dresden Drive, 591-4978

GOING OUT-OF-BUSINESS SALE PERMIT • For information, call the Police Department at 928-4160.

GRAND OPENING SIGNS • New businesses desiring to post grand opening signs must obtain a permit from the Department of Codes Compliance. Grand opening signs can be displayed for a maximum of 45 days and must not exceed 60 square feet in area. For information, visit the Department of Codes Compliance located on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8861.

HANDGUN PERMIT • Concealed handgun permits are issued by the Clerk of the Newport News Circuit Court. To apply for a permit, an adult citizen must complete an application process and comply with several eligibility and process requirements. For information, visit the Clerk’s Office of the Newport News Circuit Court at 2500 Washington Avenue, 1st floor or call 926-8561 or visit the Virginia State Police website at www.vsp.virginia.gov.

HOUSE TRANSPORT PERMIT • For information on moving a housing structure, visit the Department of Engineering located on the 8th floor of City Hall or call 926-8611.

HUNTING LICENSE • For information on obtaining a hunting license, local license agents and on hunter education classes, call the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-1000. Visit www.dgif.virginia.gov for a listing of local businesses that sell licenses.

LAND-DISTURBING PERMIT • A land-disturbing permit is required for any new construction or land disturbance of 2,500 square feet or more. For information, visit the Department of Engineering located on the 8th floor of City Hall or call 926-8611.

MECHANICAL PERMIT • A mechanical permit is required when working on heating, ventilation, air conditioning and gas piping systems. For information regarding mechanical permits, visit the Department of Codes Compliance located on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8861.

PARADE/MARCH PERMIT • For information, visit the Department of Engineering located on the 8th floor of City Hall or call 926-8611.

PARKING PERMIT, ON-STREET - RESIDENTIAL • To apply for a permit to park in a Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP) area, which requires a parking decal, visit the Department of Engineering located on the 8th floor of City Hall. For information, such as eligibility requirements for the decal or the availability of visitor or temporary parking permits in RPPP areas, call 926-8611.

PEDDLER’S LICENSE • For information on obtaining a Peddler’s License to sell merchandise from place-to-place or on vacant lots, call the Commissioner of the Revenue at 926-8651.

PLUMBING PERMIT • A plumbing permit is required when working on plumbing systems. For information on plumbing permits, visit the Department of Codes Compliance located on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8861.

PUBLIC DANCE HALLS • For information, visit the Department of Codes Compliance located on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8861.

RESTAURANT HEALTH PERMIT • The Peninsula Health District inspects restaurants on a regular basis. For information or to report a complaint, call the Environmental Health Services at 594-7340.

RIGHT-OF-WAY PERMIT • Any work done within the City right-of-way requires a right-of-way permit. For information, call the Department of Engineering located on the 8th floor of City Hall or call 926-8611. Also see Driveway Permit.

RUMMAGE SALE PERMIT • A rummage sale is held on nonresidential property. For permit information, visit the Police Department located at 9710 Jefferson Avenue or call 928-4100.

SEPTIC TANK PERMIT • For information on septic tank construction and repairs, call Environmental Health Services at 594-7340.

SOLICITOR’S PERMIT • For information on selling merchandise door-to-door to be delivered at a later time, visit the Police Department located at 2600 Washington Avenue or call 926-8727.

SPECIAL EXCEPTION PERMIT • A special exception permit allows for particular uses in a zoning district only if certain criteria are met. For information, visit the Department of Planning on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8761.

TAXI DRIVER PERMIT • For information on the Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity, taxi cab driver’s license, rates and taxi meters, visit the Police Department or call 928-4100.

TEENAGE CLUBS • For information, visit the Department of Codes Compliance located on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8861

TENT PERMIT • A building and/or zoning permit may be required when erecting tents. For information on permit requirements, visit the Department of Codes Compliance located on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8861.

VARIANCE PERMIT • A variance permit allows a building to encroach into the yard setbacks required by the Newport News Zoning Ordinance. For information on variance permits and building setback dimensional regulations, visit the Department of Codes Compliance located on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8861.

WELL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT • For information on irrigation wells, construction or repairs, call Environmental Health Services at 594-7340.

WIDE LOAD PERMIT • For information regarding oversize, overweight, overlength and overwidth loads, visit the Department of Engineering located on the 8th floor of City Hall or call 926-8611.

WILDLIFE PERMIT/LICENSE • Freshwater fishing permits are required of state residents 16 years of age or older. Saltwater fishing licenses are required for residents 16 years old to 64 years old. Permits are required for freshwater fishing with nets, falconry, shooting preserves, wildlife taxidermy and holding wildlife in captivity. For information, call the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-1000 or visit www.dgif.virginia.gov.

WORK PERMIT • For forms and information on work permits and types of work available for youth, ages 14 and 15, visit the Newport News Public Schools Administration Building located at 12465 Warwick Boulevard or call 591-4500. Forms may also be obtained from guidance counselor offices at middle and high schools.

ZONING PERMIT • Zoning approval is required before most structures can be built or placed on a lot. For verification of compliance with applicable zoning regulations, visit the Department of Codes Compliance located on the 3rd floor of City Hall or call 926-8861.

PLANNING

CENSUS/DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION • For information on census and demographic data on the City of Newport News, visit the Planning Department located on the 2nd floor of City Hall, online at www.nngov.com/planning or call 926-8761.

COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING • For information concerning the City’s long-range plans including Framework for the Future, call the Department of Planning at 926-8761 or visit the Planning Department’s website at www.nngov.com/planning.

PLANNING COMMISSION • The Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations to City Council and the Board of Zoning Appeals on issues including change of zonings, conditional use permits and special exceptions to zoning. For information, visit the Department of Planning located on the 2nd floor of City Hall, online at www.nngov.com/planning or call 926-8761.

POLICE & LAW ENFORCEMENT

For general information about the Newport News Police Department and its services, call 928-4100 or visit www.nngov.com/police. For a non-emergency, dial 247-2500. For all emergencies, dial 911.

Police Headquarters, 9710 Jefferson Avenue, 928-4100
North Precinct, 368 DeShazor Drive, 369-3105
Central Precinct, 611 Dresden Drive, 591-4978
South Precinct, 247-8858 
    HRT Substation, 247-2481 or 247-2482
    Jefferson Substation, 247-8856
Jobs/Hiring Information, Training/Recruiting Division, Headquarters, 928-4150
Community Programs, 928-4286
Community Education and Outreach Center, 10188 Warwick Blvd, 597-2847 
Professional Standards, Headquarters, 928-4325
Records Management, 1st Floor-Headquarters, 928-4100
Crime Line, 1-888-LOCK-U-UP

COMMUNITY EDUCATION & OUTREACH CENTER • The center is an innovative approach to community policing where citizens can inquire about a variety of police activities. They can find out about crime prevention and they can become involved in the Citizen’s Police Academy, Neighborhood Watch programs and other volunteer programs. The center, at 10188 Warwick Blvd. in Hilton Village, is fully staffed by volunteers and is the first one of its kind in Virginia. In addition to educational brochures and displays, the center has many interesting items of police memorabilia for view by the public. For more information call 928-4295.

COMMUNITY POLICING • For information on opportunities for citizens to get involved with the City’s crime prevention and community policing initiatives such as the Citizen Police Academy, the Crime Watch or other volunteer service, call the Newport News Police Department at 928-4295, contact your local precinct or visit www.nngov.com/police.

CRIME LINE • The 24-hour Crime Line Hotline is 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Call this number to give the Police Department information about any crime in Newport News. Anonymity is a priority and financial rewards are given in some cases. You can leave a message or choose to speak directly to the Communication Center regarding urgent tips.

CRIME PREVENTION INFORMATION • Through lectures, demonstrations, displays and site inspections, the Police Department educates the public about preventing crime. Information is provided on sources for help and victims’ rights and responsibilities. For information, call the department’s Community Programs Office at 928-4295, or visit your local precinct or www.nngov.com/police.

FINGERPRINTS, ADULTS • For information on fingerprints, visit the Police Records Department located at 9710 Jefferson Avenue, call 928-4100, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. 

JUVENILES
— COMPLAINTS AGAINST • To file a complaint against a juvenile, visit the Court Services Unit located at 2600 Washington Avenue, 5th floor or call 926-8781.

— STRAIGHT TALK • This program is offered every Thursday and a parent or guardian must attend the program with their child. The juvenile is given the opportunity to speak to inmates first hand about life in jail. For more information, contact the Newport News Sheriff ’s Office at 926-8747.

— STREET LAW • This program is used to educate juvenile offenders about Virginia State Law, and take them on a tour of the Newport News Detention Facility and introduce them to persons presently in the jail. For more information, contact the Newport News Sheriff ’s Office at 926-8747.

MAGISTRATE’S OFFICE • The Magistrate’s Office issues criminal warrants, summonses and search warrants, conducts bond hearings and sets the conditions of bail and release of defendants. For more information, visit the Magistrate’s Office located at 224 26th Street or call 926-8475.

NOISE • The Newport News City Code Noise Ordinance declares “loud and raucous noise” to be a public nuisance, with various exceptions noted in the ordinance. To file a complaint, call either the Newport News Police Department’s non-emergency line at 247-2500 or the Department of Codes Compliance at 926-8861. Citizens may also take out a warrant against suspected violators by contacting the Magistrate’s Office located at 224 26th Street or 926-8475. For complaints relating to loud music, horns, speakers, animals, engines, musical instruments, shouting, etc., call the Newport News Police Department’s non-emergency line at 247-2500.

PARKING TICKETS • Parking ticket fines are collected by the Treasurer’s office. You may pay in person, through the mail or charge it to your credit card by phone. For information on paying a parking ticket, call the Treasurer’s office at 926-8740 or visit www.nngov.com/treasurer. For questions concerning the issuance of parking tickets, call the Police Department at 928-4100.

POLICE REPORTS • To request or submit information for police reports, visit the Police Department located at 9710 Jefferson Avenue or call 928-4100. To request a police officer to write a police report, call Non-Emergency Police Services at 247-2500.

— TRAFFIC ACCIDENT REPORTS • Citizens may exchange information themselves at an accident scene without the presence of a police officer or if the accident occurs in Newport News, they may call the Police Department for an officer to arrive at the scene to ensure proper exchange of information. An officer must be contacted by law, in the event of injuries or damage exceeding $1,000. All reports are forwarded to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to be registered on citizens’ driving records. For information, call 928-4100.

PROBATION/PAROLE, ADULT • For information on parole and probation supervision, or counseling, treatment and referral services, call the Adult Probation and Parole Office at 247-8000.

PROTECTIVE ORDER • To obtain a protective order against a family member, visit the Court Services Unit located at 2600 Washington Avenue, 5th floor or call 926-8781. To obtain a protective order against a non-family member, visit the Magistrate’s Office located at 224 26th Street or call 926-8476.

STATE POLICE • For information about the Virginia State Police, visit www.vsp.virginia.gov or call 424-6827.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The term “welfare” refers to the various financial and social services offered by local, state and federal agencies. These public assistance programs include all types of services, many of which are administered by the Department of Human Services. For information, visit the Department of Human Services located at 6060 Jefferson Avenue, online at www.nngov.com/human-services or call 926-6300.

CHILDREN
— CHILDREN’S CLOTHING • For information on distribution of children’s clothing, visit the Outreach Center at 2708 Chestnut Avenue or call 244-6121.

—TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF) • TANF provides financial assistance to children with both parents in need of financial assistance or to children of a parent or relative and are deprived due to a parent’s death, absence or incapacity. Income, other financial resources and the size of the family are criteria for determining eligibility and payment amounts. For information, visit the Department of Human Services at 6060 Jefferson Avenue, online at www.nngov.com/human-services or call 926-6300.

— VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN (VEFC) • VEFC is a private non-profit charitable organization that through the work of volunteers, provides temporary emergency shelter to children in crisis. VEFC partners with local Social Services to provide this free service to many children in need of a safe place to stay for up to 21 days. For more information, call the Department of Human Services at 926-6600.

CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION • For clothing distribution, call United Way First Call information and referral line at 594-4636.

FOOD
— FOOD STAMPS • The federal food stamps program supplements the food budgets of low-income households to help assure needy persons have nutritionally adequate diets. Eligibility is determined by financial need, income resources and non-financial criteria such as student status and work registration. Food stamp benefits are deposited electronically and an EBT card is issued in order for recipients to purchase food. For more information, visit the Department of Human Services at 6060 Jefferson Avenue, online at www.nngov.com/human-services or call 926-6404.

— SOUP KITCHENS/MEALS • For general information, call 247-6121 or 245-1205. For information on emergency meals or food distribution, call the United Way First Call information and referral line at 594-4636.

FUEL ASSISTANCE • Families with a low-income level may be eligible to receive federal assistance with their home heating bills. Faulty or hazardous heating systems may also be repaired at little or no cost. For information, visit the Department of Human Services located at 6060 Jefferson Avenue, online at www.nngov.com/human-services or call at 926-6300. Citizens may also call the United Way First Call information and referral line at 594-4636.

HOME OWNERSHIP/REPAIRS
— LOANS FOR HOME OWNERSHIP • Depending on availability of funds, the Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority (NNRHA) assists low income, potential homeowners by making low-cost loans to purchase NNRHA properties. For information, visit the NNRHA located at 227 27th Street online at www.nnrha.com or call 928-2620.

— LOANS/GRANTS FOR HOUSING REPAIRS • Depending on availability of funds, the Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority (NNRHA) assists current low-income homeowners by making low-cost loans or grants to repair homes. For information, visit the NNRHA located at 227 27th Street online at www.nnrha.com or call 928-2620.

HOMELESS SHELTER ASSISTANCE • Assistance with locating shelter may be obtained through the United Way First Call information and referral line at 594-4636. The Office of Human Affairs operates a Clean Comfort Program, which provides a shower facility, a clean change of clothing and medical assistance for homeless men and women. For more information and hours of operation call 244-6121.

HOUSING/MORTGAGE/RENT ASSISTANCE
— FEMA • Depending on availability of funds, the Office of Human Affairs has a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program which assists qualified applicants with rent or mortgage payments. Qualified applicants are persons who have had a medical emergency, a break in employment with assurance of future employment, or homeless persons who have documentation of future income. For information or to set up an appointment, call the Office of Human Affairs at 244-6121.

— NO-INTEREST LOANS • The Homeless Intervention Program provides rent and mortgage assistance in the form of no interest loans, based on need and eligibility, for persons in crisis situations who are in danger of being evicted or losing their homes. For information and referral, call Friends of the Homeless at 928-0012.

— PUBLIC HOUSING OR SECTION 8 • For information about residing in public housing or about the Section 8 Voucher/Certificate Program in Newport News, call the Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority (NNRHA) at 928-6060 for an appointment. For a list of other subsidized apartments in Newport News, visit the Department of Human Services located at 6060 Jefferson Avenue, 1st floor or call 926-2620.

— RENT/MORTGAGE COUNSELING • The Office of Human Affairs provides rent and mortgage counseling to Newport News residents. For information, call 245-3271.

JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS
— FOOD STAMP EMPLOYMENT/TRAINING PROGRAM • Recipients of food stamps may participate in the Food Stamp Employment & Training Program which includes employment counseling, learning new skills and assistance with transportation. For information, call 926-6388.

— JOB OPPORTUNITIES/BASIC SKILLS TRAINING (JOBS) • Recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) may participate in JOBS program. For information, call 926-6388 or 926-6011.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE • Legal Services of Eastern Virginia assists people with a low income with issues such as bankruptcy, consumer matters, domestic issues such as divorce, custody and visitation, support, power of attorneys, housing, public benefits such as Social Security Disability, Medicaid and Medicare, food stamps and wills. To be eligible a person must fall within the Center’s income guidelines. For information, call Legal Services of Eastern Virginia at 1-866-534-5243.

 

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Office of the City Manager
2400 Washington Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607

(757) 926-8411
(757) 926-3503 - fax
city@nngov.com

 


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