Virginia Supportive Housing
Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH) is a not-for-profit that transforms lives, transforms communities & provides permanent solutions to homelessness.
A Place To Start (APTS)
The APTS program was formed in 2007 to provide Intensive Community Treatment and permanent housing to individuals who have a history of chronic homelessness as well as severe and persistent mental illness. The program is licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to provide services based on an evidence-based model that involves a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals who are available 24/7 to deliver a comprehensive array of services in the community. Services include assistance with benefits, securing income, supportive counseling, medication education and management, and healthcare coordination. The APTS team is comprised of the following positions: Team Lead, Program Assistant, Registered Nurse, Psychiatrist, Peer Specialist, Substance Abuse Specialist, Vocational Specialist, Housing Specialist, Supportive Services Specialists, and Clinicians. Team members have a daily treatment team meeting to coordinate care for the participants. With daily communication and low staff to client ratios, the team is able to anticipate and respond quickly to individual needs and crisis situations.
Services in VSH Properties
Permanent Supportive Housing in VSH-owned properties is an integrated approach that includes the development of new supportive housing developments, the ongoing management of the sites, and the provision of onsite supportive services to tenants. Our tenants include individuals who have experienced homelessness, have little to no income, have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, are veterans, and/or have a Traumatic Brain Injury. The major components of VSH’s supportive services are case management, individual counseling, skill building, social connectivity, and community engagement.
Housing First (Hampton Roads)
Virginia Supportive Housing’s Housing First programs provide scattered-site rental assistance and supportive services to chronically homeless single adults with disabilities in Hampton Roads. Potential participants are referred through their respective Continuum of Care when there is a vacancy. After the referral is made, the Supportive Services Specialist and the referring agency work together to gather the necessary client homelessness history and disability documentation to determine eligibility. Once the client is deemed eligible for the program, the Supportive Services Specialist and Housing Specialist work with the individual and community landlords to locating suitable housing. The Housing First program has six Supportive Services Specialists, one Housing Specialist, and one Team Leader. The Supportive Services Specialists provide a plethora of services to their clients in order to assist clients with maintaining their housing. These services include, but are not limited to: collaboration with landlords, healthcare coordination, vocational services, substance abuse services, and probation/parole when needed.
The HomeLink program was established in 2011 and provides affordable rental housing in the form of a rental subsidy for scattered site apartments in the community, along with intensive case management services. HomeLink serves single adults with a documented disability, including life-threatening medical conditions and/or mental illness who have experienced long or repeated episodes of homelessness. Participants are referred through the Singles Housing Team (SHT), a community group of providers that operates through the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care and serves as the centralized access point for those who are experiencing homelessness. The HomeLink team consists of a Team Supervisor, Housing Specialist, and Case Managers, who work to connect participants to housing, needed medical and mental health providers in the community, as well as to benefits, resources, and other services necessary for the participant to maintain their safe, affordable housing.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
The SSVF program serves veteran families by offering preventative funds and services for individuals at risk of homelessness, and rapid rehousing assistance for individuals who are experiencing homelessness. SSVF provides short-term case management to link individuals and families to benefits and offers temporary financial assistance to achieve housing stability. Referrals for those experiencing homelessness come to SSVF via VetLink (Richmond) and a coordinated entry process in Petersburg and Charlottesville. VetLink is the coordinated entry group in Richmond that is made up of veteran service providers in the region. Prevention clients call the intake number directly and are screened for eligibility based on a prevention screening tool and availability of funds. The SSVF team consists of a Team Supervisor, Case Managers, Housing Specialists, an Employment Specialist, and an Intake Coordinator. In addition, VSH subcontracts with two agencies (the Haven in Charlottesville and St. Joseph’s Villa for Richmond families) to ensure that all geographic regions and populations are served. SSVF Supportive Services SSVF staff provides outreach services, case management and housing location and placement to help families achieve housing stability. SSVF staff also serves as a link for eligible Veterans to VA benefits and other public benefits which may include: · Vocational and rehabilitation counseling · Employment and training services · Educational assistance · Healthcare services · Daily living services · Personal financial planning services · Income support services · Legal services