Apartment Complex is Result of Continued Regional Collaboration to End Homelessness
On June 4, the region celebrated the opening of Heron’s Landing in Chesapeake, the fourth apartment complex in South Hampton Roads for single homeless adults. Developed and operated by Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH), Heron’s Landing will provides permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless adults from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Western Tidewater.
The City of Virginia Beach contributed $480,000 in HUD funding towards the project. Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is also providing housing assistance to eight residents from Virginia Beach using Project-Based Vouchers.
At Heron’s Landing, residents are connected to supportive services, on-site case management, and training and employment opportunities to help residents transition from being homeless to living in permanent housing. Residents sign a lease and contribute 30 percent of their income toward rent or a minimum monthly payment of $50. Permanent supportive housing is a proven, effective solution for ending homelessness -- VSH has a 98 percent success rate in ensuring that residents do not return to a state of homelessness.
Heron’s Landing is also EarthCraft Virginia-certified for green building and resource and energy efficiency. The building incorporates features such as a photo-voltaic solar electric system designed to reduce the buildings energy load by up to 20 percent and a solar thermal water heater system.
Heron’s Landing is the newest development in the city’s regional solution to end homelessness. In 2007, Gosnold Apartments in Norfolk made history as the first regional permanent supportive housing development for homeless single adults in the U.S. Similar developments in the region include Cloverleaf Apartments in Virginia Beach and South Bay Apartments in Portsmouth. Combined, the four apartment complexes provide a total of 240 permanent supportive housing units in the region. Through regional collaboration, the South Hampton Roads localities were able to leverage funding to make these developments a reality.
Housing & Neighborhood Preservation continues to partner with nonprofit organizations and neighboring cities to create more affordable housing opportunities in the region. On Feb. 26, the City Council approved the development of Crescent Square Apartments, a four-story complex that will provide 80 units of affordable housing for homeless and low-income individuals. Crescent Square, another development of VSH, is scheduled to open in 2015 on Diamond Springs Road in Virginia Beach.