Heron’s Landing, a community of 60 studio apartments in Chesapeake, opened in 2013 for formerly homeless single adults from the South Hampton Roads area. As a regional solution to end homelessness, the $10 million development includes funding from Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Suffolk.
Each furnished, 320-square-foot unit contains a kitchenette, full bathroom, living area and a closet. The building has a community room with kitchen, a fitness room, a computer room, laundry facilities, a front desk and staff offices. Four units are fully accessible for formerly homeless single adults with disabilities.
Heron’s Landing is EarthCraft Virginia-certified for green building and resource and energy efficiency. The building incorporates a photovoltaic solar electric system designed to reduce the building’s energy load by up to 20 percent. It includes a solar thermal hot water system, and all appliances are Energy Star-rated. Heron’s Landing won the Hampton Roads Housing Consortium Housing Partner Special Projects Award in 2013.
Residents sign leases and pay 30 percent of their income in rent with a minimum rent payment of $50 per month.
VSH offers on-site supportive services through case managers who help residents stabilize, retain their housing and reclaim their lives.