Veterans Outreach Center: Richards House

Richards House Addition and Renovations

The Richards House serves as an emergency shelter for homeless veterans and is operated by Veterans Outreach Center. Also known as "Operation Safe Haven," this project modernizes and expands the facility's residential program capacity by 50%.

Source: Veterans Outreach Center

Building Addition:

  • Removal of Carriage House
  • Addition to increase capacity from 30 to 46 shelter beds

Building Renovations:

  • Reconfigure original 4-6 person bays into single- and double-bed rooms for increased privacy
  • Office and meeting/counseling/therapy spaces
  • Living/common rooms
  • Dining room renovations
  • Kitchen renovations
  • Bathroom renovations
  • Laundry room improvements
  • Elevator installation
  • Main entrance relocation
  • Roof replacement

Site Work:

  • ADA compliance
  • Parking improvements
  • Courtyard upgrades

Additional Resources:

Veterans Outreach Center: Residential Program
The Veterans Advocate: Fall/Winter 2021 Newsletter
Operation Safe Haven: Videos and Information
Spectrum News: Rochester Housing Expansion Gives Homeless Veterans Hope


Architect: 
APD Engineering & Architecture
Location: 
Rochester, NY
Region: 
Budget: 
$7M
Services: 
Construction Management
Completion: 
2023