LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Disabled residents in Lynchburg having trouble finding an affordable place to stay could soon receive help in the form of a new housing facility.
Rush Homes hosted a groundbreaking event on Thursday, Aug. 11 for its new, disability-friendly, affordable housing facility.
The executive director of Rush Homes, Jeff Smith, says that he hopes the facility — which will be called Florida Terrace — can provide a safe space for disabled residents, as well as help decrease homelessness in Lynchburg.
“Hopefully it gives the community momentum,” said Smith. “We want to give the community continued momentum to try to solve this housing problem we have.”
Florida Terrace will feature a total of 31 apartments, including eight apartments for people who recently experienced homelessness.
Sue Armstrong from the Virginia Housing and Development Authority tells WFXR News that a facility like this will provide tenants with features other low-income housing may not offer: full accessibility.
“It’s gonna provide an option of housing that people haven’t seen before and that really need that accessible housing to really live their life to the fullest,” Armstrong said.
Smith says the construction of this facility is a result of an ongoing waitlist for affordable, disability-friendly housing, in addition to what Smith calls a clear need for more affordable housing in the Hill City.
“We understand that 31 apartments is not everything, but it’s a huge start and a huge dent,” Smith said.
An affordable housing facility that is fully accessible will help ensure that people can age in place, as well as make this residence their home for a long time.
“We’re thrilled that this project is going to be in the City of Lynchburg and that Lynchburg is moving forward with this project,” said Armstrong.
Various organizations across the Commonwealth partnered with Rush Homes to make this project a reality, which is why many of those organizations and Lynchburg City Councilmembers came out on Thursday to show their support.
Smith tells WFXR News the goal is to have the apartments completed by July 2023, which means that tenants could be in their new homes by the time next fall rolls around.