The mission of Valley Residential Services (VRS) is to build, acquire and operate quality, affordable housing in the Mat-Su Valley. VRS was incorporated in October 1998 and approved for 501 (c)3 status in August of 1999. VRS was recognized as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) in February 2000.
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VRS needs your support to continue its mission to provide affordable housing for the people in the Mat-Su Valley . VRS provides quality, safe, and secure housing to individuals and families. VRS strives to improve the quality of life of its residents by providing the most basic element of stabilization - housing. It is vitally important that everyone have a safe, secure and affordable place to lie their head down at night, a place to call home. It is VRS's mission to provide that housing to the people who are often at risk and most difficult to house.
The Mat-Su Valley has a population of 96,000 and is one of the fastest growing areas of the country. Affordable housing for people with low to moderate incomes within this population is an ongoing, critical need. To meet this need, over the last ten years VRS has developed nine new housing projects. For example, VRS's most recently completed construction was a ten unit facility behind the Carr's shopping center known as "Swanson House". This facility houses singles and small families in low-cost, motel sized rooms until they can transition into a more spacious and permanent housing arrangement.
In addition to new construction, VRS has acquired various properties from other non-profits and now manages the daily operations of some 35 properties consisting of 240 housing units and serves the housing needs of some 350 people. VRS works with various funders including the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and the Mat-Su Health Foundation to help provide the funds to operate these facilities. However, in today's economy, these funds are getting more difficult to receive and more restrictive in their use. These funds are often fixed and limited while the costs to operate these facilities continue to rise. The need for community support to help fill this gap is ongoing and greatly increasing.
Affordable housing for people with low to moderate income continues to grow and the cost of that housing continues to increase. VRS needs your support in order to continue its mission to provide affordable housing for the people in the Mat-Su Valley. Please help us with a donation through the Pick. Click. Give. program to continue to provide affordable housing.