"It's nice to leave work and have a place to go home to."
Jay and Cathy lived and worked at a motel until a change in ownership left them unemployed and homeless. Although they eventually found new jobs, they were unable to afford shelter. VSH's Housing Resource Center assisted them in renting their first apartment in many years.


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.