"Having a place to live... ...helps my fears and gives me hope."
For twenty years, Anne was unable to obtain permanent housing due to mental illness, substance abuse and limited income. She began receiving daily services from A Place to Start (APTS), VSH's new "housing first" program. She now maintains an apartment and is continuing her journey of recovery.


Housing Access Support Services

Mother taking care of her two boys in their apartment

Shelter Plus Care (S+C)

S+C is a federally funded HUD program that provides rental subsidies and necessary supports to those who are formally homeless with a disability (mental health, substance abuse, and/or AIDS). The City of Richmond, Department of Social Services, is the program Grantee, and VSH serves as the program sponsor. Shelter Plus Care is currently at capacity, serving 130 individuals and many family members.

Who qualifies for S+C?

To qualify for S+C services, the client must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be homeless (as defined by HUD)
  • Have a disability (as defined by HUD) - specifically Serious Mental Illness, Chronic Substance Abuse, and/or AIDS
  • Be receiving long-term case management services from a partner agency

Who are the S+C Partner agencies?

  • Chesterfield Mental Health
  • Henrico Mental Health
  • Home Again
  • Freedom House
  • OAR
  • Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

How does someone become a part of S+C?

Each partner agency maintains their own waiting list process. All clients are referred directly from their partner agency. VSH does not maintain any waiting lists or handle the selection of program participants. Interested parties are encouraged to contact their case manager at their provider agency.