The South Norfolk community can be described as a close-knit neighborhood supported by a strong network of organizations, a variety of recreational opportunities, and businesses that care about the people they serve.
South Norfolk has a local historic district and national historic district, illustrating the rich architectural treasures present here. Recently, a South Norfolk Municipal Facilities Study and Development Strategy was conducted to assess the need for government services in a consolidated location to serve the residents of South Norfolk and surrounding neighborhoods. Additionally, the Chesapeake Land Bank Authority was established in 2018 to administer the South Norfolk Rehabilitation Grant Program.
If you are considering moving to Chesapeake or planning a visit, Chesapeake's tourism website will give you great ideas to become familiar with the special amenities and events that make South Norfolk a great place to live. Great things are happening in South Norfolk, a recent Virginian-Pilot article details investments and exciting changes.
The Community Development division of the Planning Department administers grant programs for projects benefiting low-moderate income Chesapeake residents. South Norfolk falls within the low-moderate census income block groups to be eligible for such programs. Information and applications can be found on the City's Community Development Grants webpage.
The City has plans to also offer a Residential Rehabilitation Grant for homes located in the South Norfolk Revitalization District.
The Human Services Department offers several programs to assist with aging and disabled populations, community service programs, homelessness, prisoner reentry, and other educational opportunities to assist families and citizens. The Human Services Department's Division of Social Services, Community Programs, Interagency Consortium, and Community Corrections Agency are located on Outlaw Street and 20th Street in South Norfolk. The Human Services webpage provides valuable resources for all of the programs listed above and many more.
South Norfolk offers several annual events and festivals. Historically, the Phelps brothers helped shape South Norfolk as a musical epicenter of the area. Coastal Virginia magazine highlighted their career in a 2013 article that provides interesting perspective on the northern Chesapeake region.