News and Events
Crescent Square Opens in Virginia BeachMarch 3, 2016
March 3, 2016 (Virginia Beach, Va.)—The South Hampton Roads region expanded its capacity to house and serve vulnerable individuals with the opening of Crescent Square in Virginia Beach on March 8, 2016.
The 80-unit property will house 42 individuals who experienced homelessness and 38 whose incomes are 50% or less than the Area Median Income, or $25,000 per year.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony with special guests Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms and
Norfolk Vice Mayor Angelia Williams is scheduled for March 8 at 11 a.m.
VSH Recognized for Efforts to End Veteran HomelessnessJanuary 29, 2016
Virginia Supportive Housing was recognized for its efforts to house homeless Veterans at the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the 2016 General Assembly in Richmond on January 13th. Anthony Harris, a veteran himself, who supervises the Veterans’ Supportive Services program in Hampton Roads was in attendance to represent VSH. Click here for the full story.
Annual Report Now AvailableDecember 16, 2015
Our latest annual report reflects the many ways in which collaborative effort between our staff, volunteers, donors and supporters opens new doors for formerly homeless individuals. To view the PDF, click here.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Functional End to Veteran HomelessnessNovember 12, 2015
At a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared that Virginia is the First State in the Nation to Functionally End Veteran Homelessness. Virginia Supportive Housing specialized case managers on our Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families (SSVF) team have been integral to the Commonwealth’s efforts to end veteran homelessness. In 2013 – 2014 we served 684 veterans and their families in 21 counties and municipalities.
VSH is also the largest and longest-running SSVF housing services provider in the Commonwealth under a contract with the V.A. Functionally ending Veteran Homelessness is a first step in our greater mission of ending homelessness in Virginia. It does not mean that Veterans will not experience homelessness; rather it means we have a community system to respond to the crisis and minimize the duration and repetition of a person’s experience in homelessness. While achieving functional zero is a magnificent accomplishment, the governor said, “We’re not finished. This is not a one-time effort.”
“Find Art Doors” Challenges the Community to Find the Hidden DoorOctober 13, 2015
Richmond, Va. (Oct. 8, 2015)—As a grand finale to the Find Art Doors public art installation and to kick off the auction for the 40 unique doors, organizers will hide a door in the City of Richmond and are challenging the general public to find it. Beginning Oct. 14, Virginia Supportive Housing and Art on Wheels—the creators of Find Art Doors—will release one clue each day until the door is found. The first to find the door and post a photo of it to Instagram will win a champagne brunch at The Jefferson plus bragging rights. Clues will be posted at www.findartdoorsrva.org and on Instagram at #findartdoors. The doors represent those salvaged from the renovation of one of Virginia Supportive Housing’s local apartment communities for people who were homeless. “Each door is as unique as the people we serve—people from all walks of life whose varied circumstances led to homelessness,” said Andrea Butler, director of mission advancement for VSH. “This art installation has raised awareness of homelessness and the fact that we can solve it,” added Butler. “The celebration and auction will raise funds to support our mission to end homelessness and help people reclaim their lives.”Read full press release