Rush Homes, the nonprofit working towards the provision of affordable living for people with disabilities has taken up a new construction project. The housing development project is located on Old Forest Road. Rush Homes plans to develop at least 28 new apartments by next summer. The organization already owns and operates apartment complexes in different parts of Lynchburg. Apartment complexes are providing rental-housing options in Victoria Ridge and Armstrong Place. Rush Homes is targeting not only adults with disabilities but also those of low-income backgrounds so that they can find a home to live in comfortably.
According to Chris Howell, the program manager, there are more than 400 people already on the waiting list. He has highlighted the lack of affordable housing units among all the new developments that have taken place in the city. He also notes the growing disparity between regular apartments and those, which accept housing choice vouchers.
According to Howell, the construction crews of Jamerson-Lewis had started clearing the land last week. The project worth six million dollars is going to get constructed on 5 acres of land. The average rent expected as of now is $550 for a single bedroom house. However, there is rental assistance available to tenants based on their income. The complex is going to feature 18 one-bedroom apartments and the rest of two-bedroom apartments. To aid people with disabilities, they are going to include features like roll in showers and zero step entrances.
Ingrid Davis is one of the residents at Victoria Ridge. She has been living in the compound for the last six years. Although Ingrid uses a wheelchair, she moves around by walking sometimes on the hardwood floor. She had trouble living in her last apartment due to the carpets making her stumble often. Rush Homes helped her by removing the carpet and replacing it with hardwood. She can now stand in the kitchen and cook easily.
According to Joan Foster, Mayor of Lynchburg, the complex is an essential development for the citizens of the city. She asserts the importance of the project not only for people with disabilities but also as an initiative to deal with poverty. Her vision includes a synergic participation of the government and real estate developers to deliver a dignified place for people with disabilities to live.