Courtesy AU Associates

Recovery Point of Charleston Apartments is helping combat the opioid crisis in West Virginia.

The 24-unit development provides women with safe, stable, affordable housing as they recover from opioid and other drug addictions. Developed by AU Associates, the new community is adjacent to the Recovery Point shelter and treatment facility in Charleston.

“Combining housing with the social services of the program allows the participants to experience safe, quality housing where they can focus on their recovery,” says Jordan Lloyd, development associate.

Recovery Point of Charleston Apartments features 24 one-bedroom apartments for the women at the later stages of the addiction recovery program.
Courtesy AU Associates Recovery Point of Charleston Apartments features 24 one-bedroom apartments for the women at the later stages of the addiction recovery program.

The women, who are in the later stages of their recovery, have the independence of living in their own apartments while having access to the support and treatment services next door. Residents are required to be employed, pay rent, and meet certain standards set by their coordinators.

The one-bedroom apartments serve residents earning no more than 40% to 60% of the area median income. Half of the apartments are supported by project-based Sec. 8 vouchers, which is important because many residents have limited sources of income while going through treatment.

All the apartments were leased within one month of completion and have stayed fulla sign of the strong demand for the housing. The development includes a community room and outdoor recreational space.

Visited by Ben Carson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and elected officials, Recovery Point of Charleston Apartments is heralded as a model for fighting the opioid crisis.

Financing for the $3.9 million community included low-income housing tax credit equity from CAHEC (Community Affordable Housing Equity Corp.).