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Monroe Park Closure

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

Emergency Shelter

Daily Planet


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

Hours: 24/7

Phone: (804) 819-4100

Crisis Intervention services for persons who are homeless & need mental health treatment


Veterans Affairs Homeless Call Center

Hours: 24/7

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. 

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