Church Street Station Studios

Posted on January 17, 2018

Church Street Station Studios, which opened November 2017, is our newest supportive housing community and our sixth development in South Hampton Roads. The five-story, 80-unit property is located in the Olde Huntersville neighborhood of Norfolk.
Church Street Station Studios is a mixed-income community with a blend of units for formerly homeless clients and low-income clients. Forty units have rental subsidies for homeless adults, and the remaining units have rental subsidies for individuals earning 50% or less of the area median income. Church Street Station Studios is permanent rental housing; residents sign leases and pay a monthly rent.

Each unit is approximately 350 square feet and includes a bed, nightstand, dresser, table, two chairs, kitchenette with full refrigerator and range oven, and full bathroom. Eight units are completely accessible for persons with disabilities. The building has an extensive security system and off-street parking. In addition to apartments, the building contains a community room, a computer room, a fitness room, resident phone room, laundry facilities, a front desk, and staff offices. The front desk is staffed sixteen hours per day with a night monitor on duty at night. The development is EarthCraft Virginia-certified for green building and resource and energy efficiency. All appliances are Energy Star rated.

Total development costs were approximately $13.9 million dollars. Key funders and partners include:
• Alison J. and Ella W. Parsons Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation
• The Cabell Foundation
• City of Norfolk
• City of Virginia Beach
• Corporation for Supportive Housing
• Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
• Hampton Roads Community Foundation
• The Home Depot Foundation
• Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
• The Virginian-Pilot
• Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation
• Virginia Community Capital, Inc.
• Virginia Community Development Corporation
• Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
• Virginia Housing Development Authority

To inquire about leasing an apartment at Church Street Station Studios, call                             (757) 544-9907.

Crescent Square

Posted on May 27, 2014

Crescent Square, VSH’s fifth development in South Hampton Roads, opened in 2016 and includes 42 units for formerly homeless individuals and 38 units for individuals earning 50 percent or less of the area median income.  Crescent Square is VSH’s second property in Virginia Beach and the organization’s second mixed-income community—meaning that it serves both formerly homeless and low-income individuals.  As with other properties, VSH offers on-site supportive services through case managers who help residents stabilize, retain their housing and reclaim their lives.  In turn, residents sign leases and pay a minimum rent payment of $50 per month.

Each  360-square-foot unit has basic furnishings and will include a kitchenette with a full-sized, Energy Star-rated refrigerator and range with oven, a living area, a full bathroom and a closet. Eight of the units are completely accessible for persons with disabilities.

In addition to high-tech security system and off-street parking, amenities include a community room, computer room, fitness room, laundry facilities, and a front desk staffed 16 hours per day.

Outdoor amenities include a landscaped patio with a community garden for the residents and bicycle storage units. Crescent Square is EarthCraft Virginia-certified for green building and energy efficiency.

Key funders and partners include:

Total development costs were approximately $12 million.  In 2016, Crescent Square won the ULI Virginia Vision Award Innovative Deal of the Year award.

To inquire about leasing an apartment at Crescent Square, call 757-578-1776.

Many individuals and organizations have supported Crescent Square and its future residents through VSH’s “Adopt-a-Home” program. A $3,000 gift, payable over three years, assists with supportive services to help residents reclaim their lives and provides furnishings for the apartments.

Donors are recognized on a permanent display wall in the lobby.

 

Heron’s Landing

Posted on May 27, 2014

Heron’s Landing, a community of 60 studio apartments in Chesapeake, opened in 2013 for formerly homeless single adults from the South Hampton Roads area. As a regional solution to end homelessness, the $10 million development includes funding from Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Suffolk.

Each furnished, 320-square-foot unit contains a kitchenette, full bathroom, living area and a closet. The building has a community room with kitchen, a fitness room, a computer room, laundry facilities, a front desk and staff offices. Four units are fully accessible for formerly homeless single adults with disabilities.

Heron’s Landing is EarthCraft Virginia-certified for green building and resource and energy efficiency. The building incorporates a photovoltaic solar electric system designed to reduce the building’s energy load by up to 20 percent. It includes a solar thermal hot water system, and all appliances are Energy Star-rated. Heron’s Landing won the Hampton Roads Housing Consortium Housing Partner Special Projects Award in 2013.

Residents sign leases and pay 30 percent of their income in rent with a minimum rent payment of $50 per month.

VSH offers on-site supportive services through case managers who help residents stabilize, retain their housing and reclaim their lives.

 

South Bay Apartments

Posted on April 15, 2014

South Bay Apartments in Portsmouth, Virginia is the third regional permanent supportive housing development for formerly homeless adults from Hampton Roads. Opened in 2010, each of the 60 studio apartments is about 380 square feet and includes a bed, dresser, table, chair, kitchenette and full bathroom. Six of the units are fully accessible for persons with disabilities.

The localities of Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake provided funding and rental subsidies, and the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority donated the land. Additional funding sources included the syndication of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, loans from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and Virginia Housing Development Authority and grants from private foundations. Total development costs were approximately $7 million dollars.

South Bay Apartments is EarthCraft Virginia-certified for energy and resource efficiency and incorporates a photovoltaic solar electric system designed to reduce the building’s energy load by up to 20%.  In addition, all appliances are Energy Star rated.  South Bay Apartments won the EarthCraft Virginia Multi-Family New Construction of the Year Award in 2011.

Tenants pay 30% of their income as rent, with a minimum rent payment of $50 per month. Supportive services are available to help residents stabilize and improve their health, incomes and housing.

Gosnold Apartments

Posted on April 15, 2014

In another act of Making Homelessness History, VSH’s Gosnold Apartments in Norfolk became the nation’s first regionally supported studio apartments for homeless single adults when it opened in 2006.

The $6 million development–an adaptive reuse of a former RC Cola bottling warehouse–also became the first permanent supportive housing community for homeless adults in the Hampton Roads region. VSH received the “Best Housing Development” award at the 2007 Governor’s Housing Conference for Gosnold Apartments.

The localities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Portsmouth each provided funding and rental subsidies. Based on each locality’s contribution, 42 of the 60 units are for homeless adults from Norfolk, 12 are for Virginia Beach and six are for Portsmouth.

In addition to the contributing localities, funding sources include low-income housing tax credits, a loan from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and grants from private foundations. Rental subsidies are provided by the HUD Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program. Residents pay 30 percent of their income in rent, with a minimum rent payment of $50 per month.

VSH offers on-site supportive services to help residents stabilize, retain their housing and reclaim their lives.

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