The Sophie House offers housing assistance for their clients which allows them to find more than a house but their home. A house is an essential component of people’s lives and a physical need we all have. It is more than surrounding walls but provides security, sanitation, and an emotional connection. For many of our clients, access to affordable housing is hard to find.
The housing assistance program works with our community partnerships and in conjunction with our financial planning and counseling program. Through these steps, The Sophie House connects single women, single mothers and their children to affordable housing opportunities. With the housing assistance program, our clients are given the steps and guidance to provide a safe, secure environment for themselves and their family.
The Sophie House is pleased to help our clients with housing assistance if they meet the requirements:
- Ability to pay up to $550/month in rent and utilities.
- Proof of employment (must work at least 32 hours per week or be a student working 20 hours per week.
- Have a vehicle for transportation.
- Be substance free for at least one year; could be subjected to random drug testing.
- Participate in programs required by case manager, notably counseling and financial planning programs.
- All of our housing candidates must also undergo an extensive background check.
If you haven’t worked with us in the past, you will need to fill out our Supportive Services form first.
Common Questions About The Sophie House Housing Assistance
What are the types of Housing Assistance The Sophie House offers?
It varies, we have a referral home where women can rent a room, all utilities included, and share common space with the other residents. We also have other options based on individual circumstances.
If you have not filled out a form yet please do here.
How long can someone participate in the Housing Assistance program?
Our program is set up for a 6 month minimum to 2 year maximum period of residence.
What do I need to provide and do to get Housing Assistance?
The Sophie House does more than give you, our client, a house, we empower you to have a new way to live.
First, you will need to fill out our housing assistance form here
You must provide information about:
- Current working situation
- Previous housing situation
- Your transportation
- Personal and professional references (3) and employment verification contact
- Current financial status
- Meet with staff for interview
Then you will meet with:
- Financial planners to set a budget and follow a plan for future independence.
- Set up counseling sessions to discuss current situation and your future.
- Meet with a client manager monthly.
You will also be required to volunteer with The Sophie House regularly and participate in programs and classes offered at the community center and with business partners to ensure your success.
Types of volunteer opportunities and classes offered:
- Volunteer in the food pantry
- Volunteer to pick up bread at Panera
- Volunteer at our different fundraising events
- Host a yard sale, car wash, or bake sale and donate the proceeds
- Bible Study
- Budgeting and finances
- Exercise classes
- Career advancement classes
- And much much more
Childcare is usually available for the classes. If you have an idea of a way you would like to volunteer or a type of class that would interest you, please let us know. We are always looking for new ways to help our clients!
What documents do I need to fill out the Housing Application?
Before you start filling out the Housing Application for housing assistance, it helps to have a few documents or information readily available. The application is a few pages long and can take some time to fill out.
- Monthly Income- What is the source, how much and a contact person to verify
- Current employer and contact information. If you have a resume please upload it to the form.
- Emergency Contact- Name, address and phone number
- 3 Personal Reference- Name, address and phone number
By collecting this information before you start the form, the process will go very smooth and you will complete it easier. Once you have submitted the form, a member of our staff will get back to you within two business days.
What forms of identification do you take?
- Drivers License
- Government Issued ID
- Military ID Card
- State Issued ID
What if I need to stay in a particular school zone?
In some instances we can offer help for someone to stay in a specific school zone based on special needs and concerns.
Who can get Housing Assistance?
Our clients, single women of any age and single mothers.
Women involved in domestic violence situations are referred to a safe house shelter such as our partner Safe Harbor, Hanover Safe Place, or Stepping Stone.
Where is the Housing Assistance?
Our clients are primarily in a 15-20 mile radius of our community center on Shady Grove Rd.
I have already submitted my housing application but haven’t heard from anyone.
If you submitted and it has been over a week, please call us at (804) 658-5214.
I do not or can not fill out a form online, is there another option?
Yes, you can make an appointment and come to our community center located at 4771 Shady Grove Rd. Glen Allen, VA 23059. Our preferred method is online, but we will always take a paper form. You can also print off the form and drop it off or mail too.
For help in finding affordable housing, please contact us at (804) 658-5214 or click here.