Breaking New Ground
On May 31st, Rush Homes’ board, staff, tenants, funders, and friends gathered together for the ceremonial groundbreaking for our newest development, Old Forest Village. This development, located at the end of Anthony Place, will provide twenty-eight more affordable, accessible homes for individuals and families with disabilities in the Lynchburg area. As with all of our developments, these apartments will be built to the highest accessibility standards and with a focus on energy efficiency. Rush Homes was honored to be joined in this celebration by many important contributors to the project and our community. Art Bowen, of Virginia Housing Development Authority; Willie Fobbs, with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development; and Corbin Anderson of Virginia Community Capital spoke about the distribution of tax credits, the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, and HOME funding that made this project possible. Treney Tweedy, Vice Mayor of the City of Lynchburg, spoke graciously about the city’s desire to work with organizations like Rush Homes to continue to focus on reducing poverty in our area. Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D., became familiar with Rush Homes during his eight years on the Lynchburg Redevelopment Housing Authority board. He spoke about the collaboration and cooperation that is necessary to bring visions like this into reality. Sandra, a tenant of Rush Homes, talked about her appreciation of her own apartment and her joy that more housing is being built.