Housing Services

We provide safe housing, guidance, and access to resources to young people in need

 

Youth Shelter Services - AGES 18-25 (GRANT FUNDED)

VHBG operates a shelter for young people experiencing homelessness which is comprised of two living environments. Pride Place is an affinity home specifically and only for LGBTQIA2S+ young adults. The second home is for any young adults experiencing homelessness. All participants are single adults. This is a temporary shelter and the primary focus while residing here is to secure permanent and stable housing. While participants do not pay rent or utilities, they are responsible for their own food, transportation, medical and personal items.

To make a referral or for more information please contact Karen Swansey-Brewer at kswansey@vhbg.org or 804-270-6566 ext 1300 or, click here to fill out the VHBG Outreach Form.


Youth Outreach Services - AGES 18-24 (GRANT FUNDED)

VHBG Youth Outreach Service provides youth experiencing homelessness support in navigating the homeless system getting basic needs met and eliminating barriers to housing. Youth may be single or head of a family unit (with children or have partner).

To make a referral or for more information please email iloutreach@vhbg.org or, click here to fill out the VHBG Outreach Form.


Rapid Re-Housing/Transitional Housing Services - AGES 18-24 (GRANT FUNDED)

VHBG partners with HomeAgain to provide Rapid Re-Housing and Transitional Housing Services through the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care. Participants may be single or head of a family unit (with children or have partner).

All referrals come from the GRCoC only. You can get connected to the GRCoC through our Outreach Services.

Karen Swansey Brewer 2023

Karen Swansey Brewer, M.S.
Director of Independent Living.

Karen has worked with children and families for over 30 years in a variety of settings and different populations. Her her more recent work as Director of Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, Local and Statewide Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and several positions with Virginia Home for Boys and Girls.

At Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, Karen has held the positions of Admissions and Marketing Manager, Assistant Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance, and Director of the Independent Living Arrangement. She enjoys being an agent of change for youth and their families and is inspired by the hope found by clients through our services. Her daily mission is to help others move from surviving day-to-day to living full, happy, and productive lives.

Karen is excited about the new and innovative opportunities VHBG’s Independent Living services are offering to the young adults aging out of traditional foster care, and young adults experiencing homelessness. Karen brings immense passion and energy to her work and strives to improve the lives of the young adults we serve and the greater community.