What do you mean by disabilities and low incomes?

Rush Homes serves tenants with varying types of disabilities. Tenants of Rush Homes experience physical impairments, multiple sclerosis, developmental disabilities, Parkinson’s disease, chronic physical illnesses, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, etc. – all impairing their ability to earn an income. To be eligible, you must have a disability that is permanent (example: a broken leg is temporary and would not qualify).

Rush Homes serves tenants who meet federally determined low income guidelines. Sixty-five percent of our tenants have extremely low incomes, which for a single person is $12,700 or less per year, and for a family of two, is $16,240 or less per year.

How is Rush Homes different?

Rush Homes’ properties meet the needs of people with disabilities. Most of our homes are fully accessible for people who use a wheelchair, meaning they can get in their front door, access all parts of the home, take a shower, and cook a meal because the home is built with accessibility as the first priority.

Rents are affordable. Rush Homes accepts Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8 vouchers) which subsidize rents so residents pay only 30% of their income toward rent and utilities.

Rush Homes acts as a concerned, advocate landlord. We work to understand the needs of tenants and we work with caretakers to meet those needs within our ability to do so. We go above and beyond typical landlord responsibilities with our Adopt-A- Home and other programs and by forming relationships with each of our tenants and their families.

Do residents own the homes?

No. Rush Homes provides rental housing options. Most often, tenants who come to Rush Homes have disabilities and/or incomes that make owning or maintaining a home impossible. We rent at affordable rates and we are responsible for exterior maintenance and yard work unless we have another agreement. We are also responsible for any normal wear and tear and work to make any changes that make the home a better place for that resident.

What is the need for Rush Homes in Central VA?

Over 1,850 people in Central Virginia have low incomes, mobility and self-care issues, and housing problems. Over 500 families are currently on the Rush Homes waiting list.