"It's nice to leave work and have a place to go home to."
Jay and Cathy lived and worked at a motel until a change in ownership left them unemployed and homeless. Although they eventually found new jobs, they were unable to afford shelter. VSH's Housing Resource Center assisted them in renting their first apartment in many years.


Permanent Housing Residences

The Crossings

The Crossings at Fourth and Preston, sixty studio apartments with support services, is a mixed-income community with a blend of units for homeless and low-income clients in the Charlottesville area. Thirty units are designated for homeless clients and thirty units are available to individuals earning 50% or less of the area median income. The Crossings opened in March 2012.

The Crossings

Each unit is approximately 360 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 chair. In addition to apartments, the building has a community room with kitchen and outdoor patio, laundry facilities, a front desk, staff offices, fitness room, and a computer room. 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, secure bike storage, off-street parking, access to public transportation, and is in close proximity to the downtown mall and central business district.

Support services are available to help residents stabilize and improve their health, incomes, and housing. With support from the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, The Crossings is a regional solution to homelessness.

The Crossings at Fourth and Preston is EarthCraft Virginia-certified for resource and energy efficiency and incorporates a solar electric system expected to reduce energy costs by up to 20%. All appliances are Energy Star rated.