Studios at South Richmond

Posted on May 7, 2014

In 1996, VSH opened its second supportive residence in Central Virginia. South Richmond was the renovation of a Budget Motel into 39 units for formerly homeless single adults. The units were approximately 280 square feet and included a kitchenette with half-size appliances and a full bathroom.  The building had a small community room, staff offices, and a computer room. Total development costs were approximately $2 million dollars.


In 2011 Virginia Supportive Housing opened a new addition to the South Richmond apartment community, creating the Studios at South Richmond. The addition provides 21 new studio apartments with comprehensive supportive services for formerly homeless single adults from the City of Richmond, Henrico County and Chesterfield County. Eleven units are fully accessible for formerly homeless single adults with disabilities. Total development costs were approximately $3.5 million dollars.


Finally, in 2015 VSH further renovated the original South Richmond building by widening the existing building footprint to increase the square footage of the units and create several fully accessible units. All building systems were replaced in order to achieve EarthCraft Virginia certification for green building and energy and resource efficiency and a photo-voltaic solar electric system designed to reduce the building’s energy load was installed on the new flat roof. All appliances were replaced with Energy Star rated, full-size appliances and all unit hardware, flooring, and finishes were also replaced. Additional office space for property management and supportive services staff were incorporated into the building and the community room was expanded. Total development costs were approximately $5.9 million dollars.


Each unit at the Studios at South Richmond community is approximately 350-380 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, laundry facilities, a front desk, staff offices and a computer room. The front desk is staffed 16 hours per day, and a resident night monitor is on-call in the evenings. The building has an extensive security system, off-street parking and access to public transportation.


Residents pay 30% of their income in rent. Supportive services are available to help residents stabilize and improve their health, income and housing.


To connect with an intake coordinator regarding this property, please call RRHA at (804) 780-4200.

Bliley Manor

Posted on April 21, 2014

VSH converted Bliley Manor into a residence that houses eight individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Supportive services are available to empower tenants to become more independent and healthy by accessing community resources for basic human needs, re-learning certain skills, participating in education activities or gaining employment.  Applicants are referred from agencies, family members and survivors themselves.

Residents pay 30% of their individual monthly income for rent. The balance of the rent is subsidized by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Section 811 Program.  Supportive services at Bliley Manor are funded in part by a grant administered by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services; philanthropic support is welcome.


To connect with Stephanie Peaco, the Program Manager assigned to assessments for Bliley Manor, please call 804-921-3466 or email [email protected].


New Clay House

Posted on April 14, 2014

Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH) opened New Clay House in 1992 as the first permanent supportive housing community in Virginia. At the time, the former Home Brewing property in Richmond’s Carver neighborhood was more than 60 years old. VSH made basic renovations to the property to house 47 homeless single adults. Each of the 47 units was about 150 square feet with only a sink and toilet and shared community kitchens and bathrooms.

Since developing New Clay House, VSH has become the largest developer of permanent supportive housing state-wide, and our model for successful client outcomes has evolved dramatically. We now develop larger fully furnished studio apartments that foster greater independence as well as community spaces that promote social integration and activities.

VSH’s evidenced-based supportive housing model works: more than 97% of individuals we serve do not return to homelessness.  

The 2018-2019 renovation and expansion of New Clay House increased the building from 47 to 80 units (plus a night monitor unit) for homeless and low-income adults earning 50% or less of the Area Median Income. Each 350 square foot unit contains a private full bathroom and a kitchenette with full size appliances. The building now features a large community room with a kitchen and pantry, a fitness room, computer room, resident phone room, on-site laundry facilities, and a private, outdoor courtyard. The property also contains offices for on-site property management and support services staff as well as a front desk that is staffed 16 hours a day. The renovation and expansion also increased the number of parking spaces from 6 to 26 spaces with structured parking. Finally, New Clay House was designed and constructed to achieve an EarthCraft Gold Certification for resource and energy efficiency and contains a photovoltaic solar array to reduce the building’s energy load and a solar thermal hot water system to pre-heat water.

The renovation and expansion of New Clay House cost approximately $19 million. Key funders and partners include:

To connect with an intake coordinator regarding this property, please call RRHA at (804) 780-4200.

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