"Having a place to live... ...helps my fears and gives me hope."
For twenty years, Anne was unable to obtain permanent housing due to mental illness, substance abuse and limited income. She began receiving daily services from A Place to Start (APTS), VSH's new "housing first" program. She now maintains an apartment and is continuing her journey of recovery.


Permanent Housing Residences
Veterans Apartments

Veterans Apartments

Located on Chamberlayne Avenue in Richmond, the two-story, four-unit brick apartment building was renovated in 2008 to provide permanent housing with comprehensive support services to eight formerly homeless disabled veterans. Two first floor apartments are fully accessible for four tenants with physical disabilities. Each apartment includes two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room, and a full kitchen with appliances. The building has access to sidewalks, public bus transportation, and off-street parking.

Tenants pay 30% of their income with a minimum of $50 per month. Supportive Housing Program (SHP) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was used for the acquisition, renovation, and operating costs of the apartments. Additional funding was provided by the State and private foundations.

Goals for the tenants include remaining in permanent housing, increasing their skills and income and achieving greater self determination. In addition to the homeless service providers in Greater Richmond, both the McGuire Veterans Center run by ESI Connections and the McGuire Veterans Hospital provide referrals some support services. For more information on the support services Virginia Supportive Housing provides, click here.