Housing & Homelessness

Spiders engage with several different nonprofits that are addressing housing challenges in our community and providing shelter, support, and resources. If you'd like to engage with one of these organizations, please complete the interest form.

Community Relationships 


CARITAS offers emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services for individuals experiencing homelessness, aiming to break the cycle of poverty and provide a pathway to stability.
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Enterprise Community Development

Enterprise Community Development focuses on creating affordable housing solutions and revitalizing communities through partnerships, investments, and innovative housing projects, including Highland Park Senior Apartments and The Rosa.
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Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME) advocates for fair housing practices and provides education to prevent housing discrimination and ensure equal housing opportunities for all.
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Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates homes for low-income families, promoting affordable homeownership and community development, and operates two ReStores in the region.
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Youth Hub

A program of Commonwealth Catholic Charities, the Youth Hub serves young adults (ages 18-24), and their families, who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

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Campus Connections

Habitat for Humanity
The Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, serving the University of Richmond, is committed to working under the direction of the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity Chapter to assist in providing safe and affordable housing to those in need. The organization accomplishes its mission by contributing service to Habitat initiatives, conducting fundraising events, and providing advocacy and education for and about the Habitat for Humanity’s mission. 

Relevant Courses

PLSC 361 The Politics of Social Welfare
Study of the development and effectiveness of programs in the United States that seek to promote economic equality and alleviate need. A focus on programs for both the poor and the middle class.

PLSC 366 Poverty and Political Voice
Examines how well our nations antipoverty policies alleviate the hardships faced by residents of these communities and assesses the ability of the poor to mobilize for effective social change in their communities. Includes a required community-based learning component.