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Valley Supportive Housing purchased an old home down the hill from its flagship 1314 West Johnson Street in 2012. The old house had been converted into a duplex for years. VACSI went to work and renovated it into three very attractive living spaces.
The old structure was in need of substantial work when VSHacquired it. The organization not only transformed the old building into three units, it did it using only local purchase of supplies, local labor and local financing. Valley Supportive Housing works hard to serve its community both by providing affordable housing to those who meet its criteria, but through support of local businesses and craftspeople.
The building has three floors and three apartments. Two have a full kitchen and one has a limited kitchen facility. All have living rooms, full bath, a bedroom and a washer and dryer. Rent includes cable television and all utilities.
At the Valley Supportive Housing open house event for the new facility, a visitor asked how to apply to live there. He had been battling mental illness for 13 years, and lives in an old house – with shared bath and kitchen – with rent and utilities that take all but $55 of his disability income, leaving him little for food and other essentials. Now his absentee landlord is trying to sell the property, and he lives month to month with no other place to live. Like so many in our area, his illness, the stigma associated with it, and his low income severely limit his housing options. Unfortunately, the three units in the structure had already been committed to others in need,and VSH could not help.
The need across our community for this kind of housing remains high, and Valley Supportive Housing continues to work to respond.
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