"It's great having your own home. It's total freedom."
Due to his paranoia, Jeff was homeless for 4 years. He would stay in a shelter or find a secluded spot to sleep, preferably a car. During the day Jeff would look for odd jobs to earn some extra cash. After participating in the A Place To Start (APTS), Jeff is now housed permanently in his own apartment.


Permanent Housing Residences

Heron's Landing

Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH) is developing Heron's Landing, sixty (60) new studio apartments at 2133 S. Military Highway in Chesapeake, Virginia. The apartments will include comprehensive supportive services for formerly homeless single adults from the South Hampton Roads area. Heron's Landing is a regional solution to end homelessness and includes funds from Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Suffolk. Units will be available in the building for residents from each of these localities. Four units will be accessible for formerly homeless single adults with disabilities.

Heron's Landing will contain almost 40,000 square feet. Each unit is approximately 350 square feet and contains a kitchenette with full refrigerator and range oven, full bathroom, and closet. Furnishings are provided in each apartment, including a bed, dresser, table, and two chairs. In addition to apartments, the building has a community room with kitchen, a fitness room, a computer room, laundry facilities, a front desk, and staff offices. The front desk is staffed sixteen hours per day, and a resident manager is on-call in the evenings. The building has an extensive security system, off-street parking, and access to public transportation.

Heron's Landing is permanent supportive housing. Residents sign leases and pay 30% of their income in rent. The minimum monthly payment is $50. Support services are available to help residents stabilize and improve their health, incomes, and housing. Permanent supportive housing works - VSH has over a 90% success rate in ensuring that residents do not return to a state of homelessness!

Heron's Landing is expected to be our most energy-efficient building yet. It will incorporate a photo-voltaic solar electric system designed to reduce the building's energy load by up to 20% and a solar thermal water heater system. Heron's Landing will also be EarthCraft Virginia-certified for green building and resource and energy efficiency. All appliances will be Energy Start rated. Colin Arnold with Community Design Studio designed the building and is the project architect. Breeden Construction is the contractor.