New Clay House to Get $12M Makeover

Richmond’s New Clay House is about to get a makeover. On Monday, February 23, the Richmond City Council and Planning Commission approved a project that will renovate and expand the permanent housing facility for the homeless.

Richmond’s New Clay House is getting a makeover. On Feb. 23, the Richmond City Council and Planning Commission approved a $12 million project that will renovate and expand the housing facility for the homeless.

Virginia Supportive Housing, the facility’s non-profit owner, plans to preserve and enhance the historic building at 1125 W. Clay St., which currently includes 48 small residential units. In addition, the group will expand the facility into an adjacent historic building, and develop additional units on a vacant portion of the site.

All told, the project will increase the number of one-bedroom units at New Clay House from 48 to 80. Each apartment will be larger, between 350 to 385 square feet in size, and will include a private kitchen and bath. On-site parking will be expanded from six to 26 spaces. Other amenities include an outdoor living area, a large community room, computer and telephone rooms and on-site laundry.

According to documents submitted to the Richmond City Council and Planning Commission, the new facility will be constructed in an environmentally-friendly manner, to quality for the “Earthcraft Platinum” designation.

Richmond BizSense reports that the project will be financed through a combination of loans and low-income housing and historic tax credits. Construction is expected to start in June 2016 and to take between 12 and 14 months.

Candidates for residency in the New Clay House must be single, over 18 years old and homeless or earning 50% or less of the area median income. They must also be able to live independently, handle their finances and maintain their residences.