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Welcome to Pride Place at VHBG, temporary housing for LGBTQ+ young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 who are finding themselves facing homelessness or housing instability.
If you’re experiencing a housing emergency and want to learn to live independently, Pride Place at VHBG can provide you with a safe, affirming, and stable place to live during this transitional period in your life.
In the first 60 days, you will set benchmark goals with your caseworker to achieve stable housing. Each benchmark achievement potentially allows for 30-day extensions as needed to find your stable housing.
The Pride Place at VHBG program is located in two brick homes on a 30 plus acre, park-like campus in the west end of Henrico County which is also the location for Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. These well-equipped homes provide private bedrooms, communal living, and kitchen space. Homes are fully furnished and equipped with necessities including bedding and kitchen gear. Participants of the Pride Place program will also have access to VHBG’s Independent Living Commons, a communal gathering space on their campus that includes computers, exercise, and relaxation rooms, plus recreational equipment.
Rent and utilities are covered through grants, but all residents are responsible for their own personal needs including but not be limited to food, medical care, and transportation. Your caseworker can support you in learning to access these resources if you do not have the financial means to secure these items. Other skills that your caseworker can support you with include daily living, self-care, work and study, housing, money management, career and education planning, transportation, relationships, and communication.
VHBG is a nonprofit and we have partnerships/collaborations with Side By Side, the Nationz Foundation, St. Joseph’s Villa Rapid Re-Housing, and other LGBTQ affirming organizations to support you in achieving your goals of well-being and stability.
If you have any questions or want to be referred to this program, please call Karen Swansey at 804-300-3665, KSwansey@VHBG.org