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Executive Director

Ashland Supportive Housing
 
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  • Founder
    Ashland Supportive Housing
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In Hanover, Lucinda Jones is ...
www2.timesdispatch.com, 28 Oct 2012 [cached]
In Hanover, Lucinda Jones is executive director of Ashland Supportive Housing, which focuses on families in that county who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.
People don't realize how many local ...
www.styleweekly.com, 19 May 2011 [cached]
People don't realize how many local families are living day to day in motels, says Lucinda Jones, founder of Ashland Supportive Housing. - Scott Elmquist
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People don't realize how many local families are living day to day in motels, says Lucinda Jones, founder of Ashland Supportive Housing.
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Lucinda Jones, founder of the new nonprofit Ashland Supportive Housing, knows countless families like Mason's - people living almost invisibly on the edge of homelessness.
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"When we think of homelessness, we think of urban areas like the city. ... In rural areas you don't see it, because it's hidden," Jones says. Services for the homeless are abundant in Richmond, but the families she works with in Ashland and Hanover County don't want to move from the community they know.
The trouble with motel living is that it's not cheap. Nightly rates of $40 to $45 can easily eat up a week's pay for someone working a low-wage job, Jones says.
Lucinda Jones founded ...
www.styleweekly.com, 14 Dec 2011 [cached]
Lucinda Jones founded Ashland Supportive Housing in January 2010 to provide emergency housing assistance for Hanover residents on the verge of homelessness. Many clients are families working low-income jobs who live in cramped motel rooms as a last resort.
Because the nonprofit provides rent assistance, it should be eligible for federal grant money, Jones says. But the grant money designated for Hanover, she recently discovered, has been going to large Richmond-based homeless-services organizations. "They're not out here in Hanover, so how do they get Hanover money? Jones says.
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But Jones says that when she refers almost-homeless Hanover families to Richmond-based organizations, those families often come right back to her and say no one could help them. In November, Jones received more than 60 calls from people in need. Her organization, which provides small rental-assistance grants of not more than $250, could help only about a third.
King Horne says there's just not enough money for emergency assistance for people on the verge of homelessness - no matter where they live. The goal shouldn't be to slice the public-money pie thinly so every nonprofit gets a piece, she says: "The goal is to serve as many families as you can."
"I agree with that," Jones says. The problem, she says, is that the same nonprofits get the pie every year: "And yet they're not helping people out here."
Lucinda Jones recently formed ...
www2.timesdispatch.com, 15 May 2011 [cached]
Lucinda Jones recently formed the nonprofit organization Ashland Supportive Housing of Virginia to work with families living in the town's motels, including several along state Route 54 just off Interstate 95.
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"You don't hear a lot about it," Jones said of motel families.
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said Jones, tears welling in her eyes.
Coleman, who has a job working as a night-shift cashier at the TA Truck Stop in Ashland, has two other children who temporarily live with their fathers until she has a permanent place to live.
But even as she tries to save money, it's difficult, because she pays $300 of her bi-weekly $500 paycheck to stay in her room at the Apple Garden. She also works cleaning rooms at the motel to keep her rent lower.
She rarely sees her other children because she is embarrassed by her living conditions.
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Jones has worked with the family to get pre-approval for a three-bed, two-bath trailer at the Sedgefield Mobile Home Park but is waiting to hear about receiving money from an Emergency Solutions Grant that she applied for last month.
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Jones, the founder of Ashland Supportive Housing, hopes the community will band together to help families living in motels by raising the awareness of their living situations.
Instead of judging these families for how they live their lives, Jones said society should reach out and offer a helping hand.
People don’t realize how many local ...
www.styleweekly.com [cached]
People don’t realize how many local families are living day to day in motels, says Lucinda Jones, founder of Ashland Supportive Housing.
...
People don't realize how many local families are living day to day in motels, says Lucinda Jones, founder of Ashland Supportive Housing.
...
Lucinda Jones, founder of the new nonprofit Ashland Supportive Housing, knows countless families like Mason's -- people living almost invisibly on the edge of homelessness.
...
"When we think of homelessness, we think of urban areas like the city. … In rural areas you don't see it, because it's hidden," Jones says. Services for the homeless are abundant in Richmond, but the families she works with in Ashland and Hanover County don't want to move from the community they know.
The trouble with motel living is that it's not cheap. Nightly rates of $40 to $45 can easily eat up an entire week's pay for someone working a low-wage job, Jones says.
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