Housing for Homeless or Income-Based Housing
Chesterfield and Colonial Heights residents seeking information on housing due to the risk of being homeless, are homeless, or in need of low- and moderate-income based housing can find resources in this section. Many rental opportunities in both locations are through the private real estate market, but there are agencies and organizations that provide lower-cost housing.
For programs and services which more specifically assist individuals and families to meet their financial and basic needs, visit the Financial and Basic Needs Assistance page.
For programs and services which more specifically assist adults, families and children, visit the Adult, Family and Children's Services page.
Circumstances can arise that find Chesterfield and Colonial Heights community members facing homelessness in need of temporary residence assistance.
Emergency shelters are for individuals and families that need temporary residence due to homelessness. Chesterfield and Colonial Heights do not have any emergency shelters in either locality; however, there are regional programs that can be contacted.
Homeward's Homeless Connection Line
Homeward's Homelessness Connection Line facilitates access to resources and shelter alternatives for those who are three days or less away from losing their housing. The line is also available for those already experiencing homelessness.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities Housing Resource Center
The Commonwealth Catholic Charities Housing Resource Center is a safe and welcoming place to stay during the day for those experiencing homelessness.
Housing Families First's Hilliard House
Housing Families First's Hillard House is a short-term emergency shelter for up to 40 children and adults who are on their way to a permanent home but need a safe and supportive stopover. Here, families experiencing homelessness have the chance to work with supportive staff for a month or so while they regroup, regain control over their lives, and plan their path to housing stability. To learn more about the Hillard House and how to gain access to the program, please contact Hillard House by email or call 804-236-5800.
Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence Emergency Shelters
Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence Emergency Shelters are for individuals and families that are facing homelessness due to domestic violence, sexual violence or human trafficking.
804-612-6126 (24-hour helpline)
EmpowerNet is one of Virginia’s largest regional networks of domestic and sexual violence providers who work together to provide comprehensive services that support and empower those who are impacted by violence.
804-458-2840 (24-hour crisis line)
James House is an accredited nonprofit organization helping people affected by sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking. All services are trauma-informed, cost-free, confidential, and available in both English and Spanish.
Income-Based Housing Opportunities
View income-based housing opportunities in Chesterfield and Colonial Heights.
Low-Income Housing: Chesterfield County
Low-income housing is a housing or residential unit that rents to people who qualify for reduced rent based on their income and family size.
Colonial Ridge Apartments
2609 Mangowood Drive, South Chesterfield, VA 23834
Income Limit: Will vary based on family size
Watermark Garden Apartments (55+ Community)
6050 Hendry Ave., Richmond, VA 23234
Income Limit: Reserved for individuals aged 55 or older whose income is no more than 60% of area median income (AMI). For a one person household, that is $44,820 annually; for a two person household, that is $51,180 annually. Monthly rent ranges from $617 (one bedroom unit) to $1,337 (two bedroom unit).
2800 Bensley Commons Boulevard, North Chesterfield, VA 23237
Income Limit: $975 - $1,430 per month
Low-Income Housing: Colonial Heights
Low-income housing is a housing or residential unit that rents to people that qualify for reduced rent based on their income and family size.
Terrace View Apartments
200 Lakeview Park Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Income Limit: Will vary based on family size
Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally funded rent subsidy program which enables low-income families to choose and lease safe, decent and affordable rental housing.
Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Social Services administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program for Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights. The waiting list opens periodically during the year. The waiting list is closed; no new applications are being accepted at this time.
Please stay up to date with the latest news about the voucher program by visiting Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
For question, contact Social Services Housing Choice Voucher.
- Families are responsible for finding their own housing which can be located in Virginia or in another state.
- Housing inspections are done initially and annually.
- The family is required to pay 30% of their household income towards rent and utilities; the Virginia Housing Development Authority pays the remainder.
If you own a home that you would like to rent as part of this program, call 804-717-6832.
View supportive housing opportunities in Chesterfield and Colonial Heights.
Community Services Board Permanent Supportive Housing
Permanent Supportive Housing is a Housing First model program that offers services to individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI) regardless of current sobriety or use of substances, poor credit, or financial history, poor or lack of rental history, criminal conviction, or behaviors that indicate a lack of housing readiness.
The Permanent Supportive Housing Program (PSH) provides a support system to empower individuals to move forward from prior challenges and establish stable housing to improve quality of life through a person-centered and recovery-oriented approach. Stable housing creates opportunities to access needed medical care, mental health care, and substance use treatment on a consistent basis, build and maintain relationships and have security in basic needs.
PSH programs for individuals with SMI, including those with co-occurring medical conditions or substance use disorders (SUDs), must prioritize serving those who meet one or more of the following criteria. Adults with serious mental illness, as defined by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS), who are currently: 1. patients in state psychiatric facilities who are interested and eligible for PSH, or 2. residents of supervised residential settings (e.g., assisted living facilities, group homes) who can live more independently, or 3. chronically homeless, or literally homeless and at risk of becoming chronically homeless, or 4. unstably housed and frequent users of hospital or criminal justice system interventions.
Eligibility Requirements for a PSH Program
The following are the eligibility requirements for the permanent supportive housing program:
- You must have a physical or mental illness that makes it difficult to work
- You must have low income
- Your health condition has caused you to go into poverty if you are not already in poverty.
- You must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless within 30 days.
- You must be dealing with addiction issues.
A caseworker will be assigned to you to complete the screening process for admission to the program. For additional information please call 804-748-1544.
SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR)
SOAR is a model designed to increase access to disability income benefits for individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Applicants would need to be adults and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines adults as persons 18 years of age or older as well as individuals who are within one month of their 18th birthday. SSA will also accept an SSI application from a youth up to 180 days before his or her foster care eligibility will end due to age.
Many people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness also suffer from disabling mental illnesses, co-occurring substance use, trauma, and/or other medical issues. Accessing the income and health care benefits that SSI/SSDI provides can be a critical first step on the road to recovery. However, their circumstances can impede access to these benefits.
Important information to know:
- SSA communicates mainly by mail, which is a challenge when one does not have a permanent, reliable address.
- People who are experiencing homelessness often have sporadic medical care, making it difficult to access medical records to document disability.
- Symptoms can interfere with cognitive functioning, making it difficult to navigate a complex system.
To learn more about the SOAR Program, please contact the Assessment and Resource Team (A.R.T.) at 804-748-1100 and we will answer any additional questions or provide case consultation for a prospective candidate.
Housing Families First
Building Neighbors is a rapid re-housing program that helps families experiencing homelessness move into permanent housing as quickly as possible, then provides supportive services to help them sustain it. To learn more about Building Neighbors and how to gain access to the program, please contact Housing Families First by email or call 804-236-5800.
Bringing Families Home
Bringing Families Home is a program that helps students, and their families move into a home of their own before they need emergency shelter and other crisis services. This is in collaboration with Housing Families First. These families have income and often are highly mobile, living in hotels and with friends and family without the financial resources and support needed to secure permanent housing. Bringing Families Home now includes housing support for students and families in Chesterfield County Public Schools and Henrico County Public Schools. To learn more about Bringing Families Home, please call 804-748-1100 and ask for the Assessment and Resource Team (A.R.T.). The A.R.T. staff will screen prospective families to determine eligibility for the program.
Additional Housing Options
View additional housing options in Chesterfield and Colonial Heights.
Public housing is a rental assistance program that allows renters with low incomes to pay a portion of their monthly income to rent. Public housing renters are assigned a housing unit to them through the Federal Housing Authority (FHA). There are currently no rental units in Chesterfield or Colonial Heights overseen by the Federal Housing Authority.
A pre-admission screening (PAS) is required for all individuals requesting Medicaid Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) which includes home and community-based services (HCBS) or institutional long-term care. Medicaid LTSS Screening is the first level of authorization for Medicaid reimbursement for nursing facility level-of-care, Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus) waiver and Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
Screening ensures Medicaid-eligible individuals, and those who will become eligible for Medicaid within six months, meet the required level of care criteria. This criteria is based on the degree of support needed to perform activities of daily living (ADL), whether the individual has medical or skilled nursing needs, and is “at risk” for nursing facility admission within 30 days of the screening in the absence of services (42CFR§441.302). Screening is conducted by hospital staff at discharge and community-based teams including staff from local social services and health departments.
To request a screening, contact the agency to speak with Adult Services by dialing 804-748-1100, select option 5, and option 1 for Adult Services. Please leave your name and number and will call back within one business day.
For more information, view the Long Term Care - Adults tab on the Adult, Family and Children's Services page.
Auxiliary Grant Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted living facilities (ALFs) are non-medical residential settings that provide or coordinate personal and health care services, 24-hour supervision, and assistance for the care of four or more adults who are aged, infirm or disabled. This care may be provided in one or more locations. Assisted living facilities are regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS).
Assisted living facilities are not nursing homes. A nursing home is a facility in which the primary function is to provide, on a continuing basis, nursing services and health-related services for the treatment and inpatient care of two or more non-related individuals. Nursing homes are regulated by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
To request an assessment, contact the agency to speak with Adult Services by dialing 804-748-1100, select option 5, and option 1 for Adult Services. Please leave your name and number and will call back within one business day.
Housing for Persons with a Criminal Record
Criminal record requirements are a part of the application and admissions process to rent. An applicant cannot be denied admission only based on arrests. An arrest only means that someone is suspected of criminal activity, and it has not yet been proven. Convictions can hurt an applicant's chances of qualifying. A conviction assumes that evidence was presented that is proof that the applicant engaged in disqualifying criminal activity.
The housing provider must not only look at what kind of crime was committed but also when it occurred. Violent and drug-related crimes have more weight than petty crimes. For example, an applicant with an assault conviction in the last year would be evaluated differently than one with a shoplifting conviction ten years before.
Federal housing providers are also instructed to look at the underlying conduct of the applicant, and what he or she has done since the conviction. Applicants who show that they have met court requirements and continued rehabilitation efforts are more likely to get approval for housing assistance than those with a history of repeat offenses. Persons on a state’s sex offender registry are banned from some HUD programs, including Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA).
Second Chance properties can give people consideration based on their credit history and background checks. The following is a list of Second Chance properties that accept housing vouchers:
Affordable Home Ownership
Low to moderate-income buyers can purchase homes. It may be more cost-effective and have a lower monthly payment than renting. It is important to know the process of home ownership, your rights as a purchaser, and any common difficulties. The program, Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Virginia has information on these areas and can help families navigate home ownership if they qualify for the program.
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia
626 East Broad Street, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23219
Email HOME of VA
Visit: Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia
Income-Based Home Repair
Home repairs can impact the safety and well-being of children, adults and seniors. At times, families may have to adapt their home to ensure the health and safety of their family. A wheelchair ramp may be needed or critical home repair. The following information is an eligibility-based program that may aid with home repairs to increase the safety and well-being of a family.
Housing Stability and Eviction Education
There are workshops and programs that can help educate individuals about decision-making that may improve or affect their housing stability. Understanding our rights and responsibilities as a homeowner or tenants is important.
Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Virginia: Eviction, Prevention and Diversion
626 East Broad Street, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23219
Visit: Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia and HOME of VA's Eviction, Prevention and Diversion
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Rental Housing Counseling and Eviction Prevention
Visit: HUD's Rental Housing Counseling and Eviction Prevention