The Virginia Edwards Community Center

We here at the Benton Harbor Housing Commission/Virginia Edwards Community center have come together to try and build a place where parents can bring their children and know that they will be in a safe environment. Parents and children themselves can rest assure that there will be someone at the center to always guide, inspire, motivate, strengthen, teach, educate, and direct our youth in the right direction. Since being apart of the family we have partnered with different organization such as Socrates Mentor and Tutoring, Andrews University Computer Training Program, Band of Brethren, Michigan Works, Connect Up (CPC) Fall Grant Program, YMCA Achievers Program, Curious Kids Museum and the Benton Harbor Middle Schools, Hull and Fairplain.

The Facility contains a state of the art gym, a computer lab, a spacious community room with up to date kitchen appliances and a state of the art Recording Studio.

On the following pages you will see the glimpse of the activities going on at the Virginia Edwards Community Center. The Community Center is available by contract for social activities.

“I’m Saving Myself” has been doing activities in the community center now for a total of fifteen weeks, and has really been a good instructional program for the children. There’s much singing and dancing, the children are really having a great time. Some of the children have had a chance to learn songs play different instruments and even had a chance to go into our recording studio and make their own compact discs. All of the children were given the opportunity to listen as they did the recording.
Children having a nice time when the Curious Kinds Museum comes over to the Virginia Edwards Community Center. The children had a chance to come to the center as part of our back to school program. The children got the chance to speak with a Police Officer and to view and listen to the tiger car.
Tae Kown Do is another activity that we are proud of here at the Virginia Edwards Community Center. These are students testing for the next belt level.

Virginia Community Room Rental Fees

The Virginia Community Room is available for your wedding reception, birthday party or other social activities.

Contact: SoCy Ward-Clark 269-927-3546 ext. 9

BHHC/Housing Choice Voucher/HOPE VI Residents – $300.00

$150.00 Rental + $50 Set Up Fee, and $100.00 Deposit

Non Residents – $450.00

$300.00 Rental + $50 Set Up Fee, and $100.00 Deposit

Bereavement rentals on Fridays and Weekends – $300.00

$150.00 + $50.00 Set Up Fee, & $100.00 Deposit.

Bereavement Rentals During Office Hours – $250.00

$100.00 Rental + $50 Set Up Fee, and $100.00 Deposit

Important Phone Numbers

The Benton Harbor Housing Commission now has a dedicated Complaint Line

You can voice your concerns by calling

(269) 927-1741

Police or Fire Emergency
****911*****

City of Benton Harbor
(269) 927-8400

Benton Harbor Area Schools
(269) 605-1000

Benton Harbor Library
(269) 926-6139

Benton Harbor
Water Department
(269) 934-7638

Michigan Gas Utilities
(800) 401-6402

Berrien County Health Department
(269) 926-7121

Lakeland Medical Center
(269)983-8300


Department of Human Services

(269) 934-2000

Social Security Administration
(269) 926-1856

Southwest Community Action Agency
(269) 925-9077

Salvation Army
(269) 927-0400

Indiana Michigan Power
(800) 311-6424