Cool Lane Commons

Posted on February 3, 2022

Virginia Supportive Housing’s next project in the Richmond region, Cool Lane Commons, is our most innovative permanent supportive housing community to date.

Located on the border of Henrico County and Richmond’s East End, the $23 million development will renovate a vacant assisted living facility into 86 units of affordable housing with on-site supportive services. Cool Lane Commons will be a mixed-income community serving both formerly homeless and low-income individuals earning 50% or less of the area median income. 

Of the 86 units, 80 will be one-bedroom apartments and 6 will be studio apartments. Each unit will be at least 500 square feet and will include a private full bathroom and kitchen with full-size appliances. 13 units will be fully accessible for individuals with disabilities and 2 units will have features for individuals with sensory impairment.  

The building, which is approximately 90,000 square feet, will also contain a large community room with a kitchen, a resident computer lab, a phone room for resident use, a fitness room, laundry facilities, a front desk, staff offices for on-site support services and property management staff, and off street parking. The building will also have an extensive security system and a staff apartment for an on-call night monitor. Additional commercial space will be included for Virginia Supportive Housing administrative offices as well as neighborhood resource space for community partners.

From the project’s inception, VSH prioritized integration into the neighborhood. This led to partnership with Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC), located across the street from Cool Lane Commons. FCBC’s Pastor and Founding Visionary, Dr. Patricia Gould-Champ, became a key partner and advocate. In addition to the units of permanent supportive housing, Cool Lane Commons will include offices and meeting rooms for FCBC and its partners to deliver programs and services to the immediate surrounding neighborhood.

Dr. Gould-Champ speaking, with Cool Lane in the background.

 

Cool Lane Commons will be designed and constructed to achieve an EarthCraft Gold Certification for resource and energy efficiency and will contain a photovoltaic solar array to reduce the building’s energy load.

Virginia Supportive Housing was awarded a reservation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits  in the 2021 Accessible Supportive Housing pool.  Additional financing includes Solar Energy Credits, DHCD HOME funds, Virginia Housing Trust Fund funds, National Housing Trust Fund funds, HIEE funds, Virginia Housing PDC funds, Henrico County CDBG, Richmond CDBG-CV, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta AHP funds, a Virginia Housing REACH loan, and private foundation funds. Cool Lane Apartments has a commitment for Project Based Vouchers from the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Cool Lane Commons is slated to open in 2023.

 

Read more about the project, and our partnership with FCBC, in our 2021 Impact Report.

Highland Park

Posted on May 27, 2014

While the majority of VSH’s services are for single adults, we also recognize the need for quality, affordable permanent housing with supportive services for families transitioning from homeless shelters and transitional housing programs.

In the late-1990s, VSH purchased and renovated apartment buildings in Richmond’s South Barton Heights, Highland Park and Cary Street neighborhoods to provide affordable housing and services for 16 families with children.

VSH received the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing Achievement Award in 2000 for this program.

To connect with an intake coordinator regarding this property, please call 804-232-5481.

Cary Street

Posted on May 27, 2014

While the majority of VSH’s services are for single adults, we also recognize the need for quality, affordable permanent housing with supportive services for families transitioning from homeless shelters and transitional housing programs.

In the late-1990s, VSH purchased and renovated apartment buildings in Richmond’s South Barton Heights, Highland Park and Cary Street neighborhoods to provide affordable housing and services for 16 families with children.

VSH received the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing Achievement Award in 2000 for this program.

To connect with an intake coordinator regarding this property, please call 804-232-5481.

Veterans Apartments

Posted on May 7, 2014

Located in Richmond, Veterans Apartments is a two-story, four-unit brick apartment building that was renovated in 2008 to provide permanent housing with comprehensive support services to eight formerly homeless disabled veterans. The two first floor apartments are fully accessible for four tenants with 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.

In addition to the homeless service providers in Central Virginia, the McGuire Veterans Medical Center provides a range of physical, mental health and other supportive services for eligible veterans living in VSH housing. Residents pay 30% of their individual monthly income for rent. Supportive Housing Program 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 Commonwealth of Virginia and private foundations. For additional details on programs and services for Veterans, click here.

James River

Posted on May 7, 2014

James River Apartments is a model supportive housing residence for individuals with disabilities. The 14 units, located on two sites in Richmond, help tenants achieve maximum levels of independence through affordable, fully accessible apartments.

Development funding sources include HUD’s Section 811 Program, loans from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and grants from private foundations.

All too often, individuals with disabilities are unable to afford an accessible apartment, even when they have the necessary independent living skills to be on their own. Residents pay 30% of their individual monthly income in rent. The remaining rent is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Section 811 Program. Supportive services are available to help residents stabilize and improve their health, incomes and housing.

To connect with an intake coordinator regarding this property, please call 804-232-5481.

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