The purpose of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is to mobilize people, multiply investments, and maximize opportunities so people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives.

Virginia Supportive Housing

Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH) is a not-for-profit that transforms lives, transforms communities & provides permanent solutions to homelessness. Founded in 1988, the then named SRO Housing of Richmond was the first not-for-profit in the Commonwealth with the mission of providing permanent supportive housing to homeless single adults. It took four years, but in 1992 New Clay House opened, becoming the first permanent supportive apartments in Virginia and home to 47 formerly homeless single adults.

Program supported by the United Way Community Fund:

A Place to Start (APTS)
APTS is a regional program that serves individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and serious mental illness. Chronically homeless individuals are regularly or repeatedly homeless and have a disabling condition. APTS immediately houses these individuals. Housing provides the initial stability that then allows the individuals to meaningfully engage in services. APTS is based on the Pathways to Housing Program in New York City. This "Housing First" model wraps intensive mental health services around those who have an extensive history of homelessness.