Nestled in Southwest Virginia’s rolling hills, Wytheville has much to offer—a charming atmosphere that features history, unique architecture, outdoor activities, the arts, and more. Now, Wytheville is taking a step to ensure its offering extends to everyone. Wytheville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (WRHA) and its team started construction in early 2016 on Freedom Lane, the first permanent supportive housing in the area dedicated to serving homeless or precariously housed veterans, as well as very-‐low income and disabled households.
Freedom Lane will be the first phase of a two-part development, constructed on a portion of an eight-acre site of rolling meadow with mature oak trees scattered throughout. The community will provide 24 one-‐ and two-‐ bedroom affordable garden apartments, prioritizing homeless and disabled veterans.
The site is adjacent to amenities that will make life that much nicer for the residents. The Wytheville Community Center, Wytheville Community College and the community-based Outpatient Clinic of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salem are all within walking distance. In addition, the property lies almost equidistant between two VA hospitals (Salem and Mountain Home).
The project will be new construction and will feature 24 fully accessible units in nine duplex and triplex buildings. A separate building will house offices, a reception area, a file room, a maintenance area, public restrooms, and a large community meeting space. Twelve of the apartment units will have rents subsidized under a contract with the Wytheville Redevelopment and Housing Authority for project-‐based Section 8 vouchers.
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