What do you mean by disabilities and low incomes?

Rush Homes serves tenants with varying disabilities. Rush Homes’ tenant families experience physical impairments, multiple sclerosis, developmental disabilities, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, chronic physical illnesses, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, among others – 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 tenant families who have low incomes. About 65% of our tenant families 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 according to federal guidelines.

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

Rush Homes serves as a landlord and provides residential support programs such as our creative eviction prevention program and financial empowerment classes for each tenant family that requests it. We do not provide residential services for tenants such as full or part time caretakers or caseworkers. We work to understand the needs of tenant families 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 residential support program and other programs and by forming relationships with each of our tenants and their families.

Do tenant families 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 difficult to 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 the greater Lynchburg region?

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.

Does Rush Homes provide emergency or temporary housing?

Rush Homes serves our community with permanent solutions in the form of lifetime homes. We are unable to house people who need temporary or emergency housing. Located at the bottom of our website in the footer, is a page on helpful resources that includes organizations that do immediate resources such as the Coordinated Homeless Intake and Access, Salvation Army, and Hand up Lodge. 

If I do not have a disability or low income, why should I care about Rush Homes?

We believe that Lynchburg is a community that cares about one another and strives to help those in need. Rush Homes gives strength to our community by aiding our neighbors who would otherwise not receive the support they need. Many tenant families with low incomes and disabilities face issues from access to proper healthcare to putting food on the table. By providing stable housing first, families have a better ability to address these issues. Benefits of having affordable housing in our community, such as Rush Homes, includes overall better health and more money spent at local businesses.