The supportive services and housing that VSH offers its residents help to change their lives through measures both large and small. Whether it’s providing a roof over someone’s head or helping them get the support they need, our work improves the lives of our residents in meaningful ways. By combining housing development, property management and supportive services, VSH delivers a unified approach to the mission of ending homelessness. Our model ensures better teamwork and coordination that deliver results in Hampton Roads.
Our programs and services in Hampton Roads include:
Housing First is a permanent supportive housing program in Hampton Roads that provides affordable rental housing along with intensive housing stabilization services to single adults with disabilities who’ve experienced long or repeated episodes of homelessness. Participants are referred through centralized intake by street outreach workers and other homeless service providers who engage them in the community and guide them through the process of securing housing.
Apartment units are rented from private landlords throughout Norfolk, Chesapeake, Western Tidewater, and Portsmouth, and rental subsidies from the HUD Continuum of Care ensure that they are affordable to program participants who pay a portion of their income toward rent. The Housing First Housing Stabilization Team provides a full range of community-based services designed to assist participants with maintaining their housing and addressing health and recovery goals they may have. Housing and case management are provided for as long as the person continues to need the assistance.
Housing First has been a particularly effective approach to successfully housing individuals who have been living on the streets of Hampton Roads for long periods of time while also struggling with multiple, life-threatening medical conditions. More than 95% of Housing First participants have not returned to homelessness and local hospital data shows dramatic reductions in their utilization of emergency rooms and inpatient stays after being housed by the program.