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Housing Capacity for Homeless Gets a Boost

Richmond, Va. – Community Housing Partners (CHP) and Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH) are pleased to announce the completion of an all-new, 21-unit addition -- The Studios at South Richmond -- to the existing 39-unit South Richmond Apartments, located in Richmond. The facility is owned and managed by VSH and serves formerly homeless adults.

Built by CHP’s general contracting division to EarthCraft standards, The Studios at South Richmond boasts numerous high performance features such as roof-top solar panels to reduce energy load and ductless air units that pull in fresh air from outside.

“The Studios at South Richmond is an excellent example of CHP’s commitment to environmentally-responsible, sustainable design and building practices,” said CHP Vice President of Construction Todd Peacock. “We are proud to have worked with VSH to create much-needed housing that is energy efficient and durable for the long term. This means a reduced impact on our environment, as well as a reduction in utility and maintenance costs for the residents and property owners.”

Each studio unit is approximately 380 square feet and includes a kitchenette with a refrigerator and range oven, full bathroom, and closet. The building also has a community room and kitchen, laundry facilities, and staff offices. Eleven units are accessible for formerly homeless single adults with disabilities.

During construction, CHP hired two South Richmond Apartment residents to help with the build.

The Studios at South Richmond is the result of a regional funding collaboration orchestrated by VSH between the City of Richmond, Henrico County, and Chesterfield County. Additional funding sources included Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development HOME funds and tax-credits.

About Virginia Supportive Housing:
Founded in 1988, Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that transforms lives and communities by providing proven, permanent solutions to homelessness. VSH is the only not-for-profit organization in Central Virginia that takes an integrated approach to ending homelessness by providing both permanent housing and support services to the most underserved segments of the population. The homeless individuals and families it serves represent the very lowest levels of income in the region (generally 30% or less than the area's median income). This financial situation is often compounded by other challenges, including substance abuse, mental illness and physical disabilities. Ninety-eight percent of its clients do not return to homelessness. To learn more about VSH, visit
http://www.virginiasupportivehousing.org.