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Last updated December 14, 2017 by Manuel Liban in General Updates
Historic Monroe Park will be closed to the public beginning Monday, November 14, 2016 and reopen in late 2017, or early 2018. During this period, sidewalks bordering the park will be closed along Laurel, Franklin and Belvidere. Please use the sidewalks across these streets from the park. The Campus Connector will cease service to the Franklin and Laurel Street (Johnson Hall) stop beginning on Monday, Nov. 14. Passengers should proceed to Cabell Library for service.
The oldest park in Richmond will be upgraded to 21st century environmental standards while preserving aspects of its historical significance; the fountain will be restored, as will the primary structure the Checkers House, in a future phase. “VCU loves Monroe Park so much that we named our main academic campus for it,” said VCU President Michael Rao. “In many ways, it feels like our front yard. The Park and the new Institute for Contemporary Art together are transforming this neighborhood, and we’re excited to partner with the City of Richmond to make it happen.”
Some FAQs from the Monore Park Conservancy website are highlighted here:
The renovation start will start early November 2016
The park will be a closed construction zone and construction will take 12 – 18 months
Monroe Park will remain a public park with access for all.
Below is a list of locations that offer resources to area homeless persons. VCU students students interested in making donations or doing volunteer work are encouraged to view VCU clubs or organizations who support these efforts or to reach out to these organizations directly.
Homeless Points of Entry (HPE)
Commonwealth Catholic Charities
Hours: Mon - Fri 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Address: 511 W. Grace Street, Richmond VA 23220
Phone: (804) 285-9130
Hours: Mon - Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Address: 517 W. Graces St, Richmond VA 23220
Phone: (804) 783-0678
Medical, dental, mental health care, substance abuse services, laundry & shower provisions
Food Services near VCU
Greater Mount Moriah
Address: 913 N. 1st Street, Richmond VA
Hours: Lunch/ Mon- Fri/ 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Contact Virginia 2-1-1 for help finding area food pantries
With the discontinued food services at the Salvation Army, please speak with the HPE’s about breakfast & Dinner sites.
Quality of Life Resources
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
Phone: (804) 819-4100
Crisis Intervention services for persons who are homeless & need mental health treatment
Veterans Affairs Homeless Call Center
Phone: 1-877-424-3838 (text messages accepted)
Access to trained counselors for local resources
Richmond City Dept. Social Services
Hours: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m. - 4p.m.
Phone: (804) 646-2064
Intake & referral; entitlement programs (TANF, Food Stamps, WIC Vouchers & General Relief)
The Healing Place
Phone: (804) 230-1217
Overnight men’s emergency shelter & social detox program
The Regional Domestic & Sexual Violence hotline
Phone: (804) 612-6126
In addition to these sites, homeless persons are encouraged to visit the Richmond Public Library, as that facility is open to all members of the public.