The Valley Supportive Housing project at 240 Kalorama Street broke new ground for the organization in two areas. The project is in a historic district, and it has two kinds or sizes of apartments.
VSH purchased the vintage 1920s home in 2014. It was built as a duplex, but had been converted into four apartments many years ago. The house was in a historic district at the corner of Kalorama and Coalter streets, a larger house that was very prominent from the major highway entrance to Staunton and just down from the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Presidential Library.
VSH essentially gutted the structure and, using the basement space, created eight attractive apartments. Working with the Staunton Historic Foundation, VSH designed the outside of the building to actually appear as it did when built - eliminating extra entrances added years ago in the creation of additional apartments. The porches and access on the back were removed and replaced with a beautiful new stacked porch and stairs design that is striking.
As is its practice, all the renovation work at Kalorama was done by local contractors and volunteers using locally purchased materials to the extent possible.
The finished project had eight apartments. Four units were of the one-bedroom size found in most of the other VSH projects. However, four other units were efficiency units that could be rented for much less, units specifically designed to serve those near or emerging from homelessness. VSH learned of the real need for this kind of housing through its partnerships with the Valley Mission and other community organizations.
All apartments have fully equipped kitchens, a full bath and a heating/air conditioning unit. Rent includes cable television and water. A fully equipped and free laundry room is provided in the basement for all residents.
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