Virginia Homeless Solutions Program
FUNDING: Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
COVERAGE AREA: Counties of Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward. This program is under the supervision of the Heartland Local Planning Group/COC comprised of community membership.
PURPOSE: Virginia Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP) provides three lines of service:
Prevention Services: Clients must provide an unlawful detainer, be a renter and meet income/limited asset requirements. With legal action pending and eviction being imminent, STEPS shall intervene on behalf of the clients to pay rental arrears or schedule a payment plan with the landlord.
Shelter Services: Clients must be literally homeless (living in their car, living outside, etc. and have no ability to be housed on their own or by family/friends). For homeless clients, STEPS can temporarily shelter individuals and families in local hotels (funds permitting) or transport clients to shelters in neighboring service areas.
Rapid Re-housing: Occurs after clients have been sheltered by STEPS or any other charitable organization for at least one night; this is the only way clients can qualify for the rapid re-housing program. Rapid re-housing allows for STEPS to pay costs associated with move-ins, such as electricity connection, security deposits, or first month’s rent/or more if it is warranted.
FUNDING PERIOD: The VHSP funding year is July 1 – June 30 and funds must be spent in that fiscal year.
CONTACT: Lavonia Jones, Housing Case Manager
225 Industrial Park Road, Farmville, VA 23901, 434-315-5909 Ext. 206