Pass Emergency Housing Protections and Relief – The challenges facing Virginian households due to COVID-19 are broad ranging and have major impacts to our public health and economy. The CARES Act’s stimulus checks and expanded unemployment benefits have helped, but these income boosts are coming to an end this week. Many people with the greatest needs are facing challenges in accessing these resources, and even those who were successful will still be severely rent-burdened and at risk of homelessness unless Congress provides targeted assistance. Please take a moment to let our Virginia Senators know how critically important additional investments are to the welfare of all Virginians. TAKE ACTION
- We’ve added a COVID-19 Response and Resource page to our website that is constantly updated with recent information regarding Federal and State responses as well as useful information from members and partners. I hope you find it useful. If there’s something that needs to be included, let us know at email@example.com
- To better understand how this crisis is impacting our clients, tenants, and organizations so that we can effectively advocate on their behalf for policy and budgetary solutions, we have been hosting weekly calls with members and representatives of the affordable housing continuum across the state.
- Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your view, time in a pandemic doesn’t stop and there remain critical advocacy issues that will impact all of us. The most pressing of which is the current push to make substantial changes to the Community Reinvestment Act. The current deadline is April 9th and it is critical that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency hears from us about the negative impact of the proposed changes. So far, the OCC has refused to extend the public comment period beyond the 9th, even given the unprecedented public health crisis. I strongly encourage you to take 5 minutes out of your day and send them a comment.
- Our friends at the Virginia Poverty Law Center have put together a great list of resources that covers everything from evictions to loss of health insurance. I encourage you to check it out.
VHDA – REACH Virginia Innovative Demonstration Grants to spur affordable single family and mixed use housing development by supporting technological innovations to reduce construction costs in the home building industry. Awards will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact Matthew Bolster, Strategic Housing Office, at (804) 343-5631.
|To help guide you, Virginia Community Capital has partnered with the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to bring you a webinar series with helpful resources.|
Our weekly Zoom webinars give participants an opportunity to get updates from leaders on new resources; receive management, finance and marketing tips; and ask questions about COVID-19 support for business owners, nonprofits, foundations, and other community partners. The program runs through May 2020.
|Using CDBG Resources in Response to COVID-19 – The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is making available current CDBG funding to small cities, towns and rural counties to respond to local needs related to COVID-19 response. DHCD is also closely monitoring availability of funding for all localities through the recently passed CARES Act (federal stimulus) and will post additional details when this funding becomes available. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will assist units of local government and communities in response to the health and economic impact of COVID-19 by supporting planning grant, open submission and urgent need recovery activities. Eligible Activities: Construction or rehab of structures to be used for shelters, testing or equipment manufacturing . Training programs for healthcare workers or service industry jobs transitioning to food/ pharmaceutical delivery systems. Acquisition costs for telework /telemedicine services. Job creation or business development for manufacturing of COVID-related materials, supplies or equipment (PPE) How to Apply Eligible localities (small cities, towns and rural communities) should submit a letter of interest describing the project need and its activities to DHCD. Information will continue to be provided as any additional funding is made available through the CARES Act. Contact Us Phone: 804-371-7011 or 804-371-7076 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Website: www.dhcd.virginia.gov|
Help Community Heroes Purchase a Home – New Program! Community Heroes, VHDA in partnership with FHLB-Atlanta helps law enforcement officers, public school educators, firefighters, and other first responders purchase a home. It’s an opportunity to access $1 million in grant funds for eligible homebuyers. Learn more.
Office of National Drug Control Policy
We are very excited to share that on Friday, the Administration released a new tool to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction, the Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities.
The guide complements both the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes comprehensive information about different federal funds for rural communities impacted by addiction. The Guide also has a companion supplement, a listing of promising practices which you can find here: Rural Community Action Guide: Promising Practices.
Per Anne Hazlett, news sent on funding announcements every few weeks- to be added to that list, please email Betty-Ann Bryce