2022 UPCOMING Caucus Meeting Information:
- Thur. Nov. 10th – 10 am ET – PACKET
Previous Meeting Information:
- Wed. June 15th – PACKET
- 2/10/22 – Caucus Packet
- 10/28/21- Caucus Packet – Notes & Take-aways
- Caucus Packet – 6/24/21 – Minutes, not yet approved
FROM VIRGINIA HOUSING:
The Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference is Nov. 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington. Make sure you’re there for the Virginia Housing Awards Luncheon, which recognizes innovative, effective efforts that address our housing needs. All awards are presented at the conference during the luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 17. This year’s award categories include:
- Best Affordable Housing Development
- Best Housing Program or Service
- Best Housing Preservation/Revitalization Effort
- Outstanding Rural Community Development
- Community Engagement and Inclusivity Award
- Best Regional Partnership
From VA Housing Alliance
Results of Public Opinion Poll of Virginia Voters and Survey of Congressional Candidates
We’re pleased to share the results of VHA’s public opinion poll, which was conducted in partnership with CNU, and Congressional candidate survey. These studies were part of our CHACE campaign efforts and participation in the Our Homes, Our Votes campaign. Launched in 2017, VHA’s CHACE campaign works to inform voters, elected officials, and candidates on the importance of quality homes for Virginians at all income levels. Key takeaways from the poll include:
10/31/2022 ~ STATE POLICY UPDATES
On October 29, 2022, VA Governor Youngkin announced that Virginia Housing had awarded $60 million in Housing Opportunity Tax Credits (HOTC) to five affordable housing developments in Virginia. The selected projects are:
- The Rendezvous, Hopewell, $9M
- Block 17, Norfolk, $16.5M
- Block 9 A1, Norfolk, $16.5M
- Smith Ridge Commons, Roanoke County, $15M
- Mecklenburg Manor, Mecklenburg County, $3M
Enacted in 2021, the HOTC program requires that a portion of the HOTC developments be initially set-aside for developments in localities with a population of less than 35,000. The HOTC program also prioritizes developments that are part of a strategic initiative for affordable housing (i.e. the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative) as well as multi-phase developments that can increase efficiency by incorporating HOTC and combining all phases into a single development.
|Now accepting AmeriCorps VISTA Host Site Applications for the 2023/2024 service year!|
Is your organization engaged in increasing housing opportunities and/or reducing homelessness in Virginia? Is your organization interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member to help expand your capacity? Download the application today to become one of VHA’s AmeriCorps VISTA Host Sites for the 2023/2024 year!
What Host Sites contribute: An $8,000 Host Site fee (if selected) due in August of 2023 to help cover Cost Share living allowances, administrative, and recruitment costs Become a member of the Virginia Housing Alliance Daily supervision to their VISTA member during the service term Position specific-training Office space and equipment Recruitment (split with VHA)
What Host Sites receive: One full time VISTA to serve 35-40 hours/week for a full year Capacity building services to help make your organization for efficient and effective Additional volunteers, grant revenue, and/or in-kind donations that the VISTA member generates for your organization 3 year VISTA cycle guarantee to work at your organization To read more about the program requirements, who can apply, terms and conditions, and how a VHA VISTA Member can impact your organization, please download the VHA VISTA Program Overview and the 2021/22 VHA VISTA Impact Report below.
2021/2022 VHA VISTA Impact Report VHA VISTA Program Overview
All applications are due via email to the VHA Program Manager by Friday, December 2, 2022. To apply, please download the application and the application instructions: VHA VISTA Host Site Application Instructions VHA VISTA 2023/2024 Host Site Application
For any questions regarding the application or the VHA VISTA Program, please contact the VHA VISTA Program Manager, Hannah Moore (email@example.com).
Participate in digital advocacy for affordable housing: Find out how you can interact with your legislators digitally to further affordable housing policy in Virginia.
- Schedule a virtual meeting with your legislator
- Attend a General Assembly Session Meeting
- Learn MORE
Follow bills we’re tracking
View the legislation we’re tracking and making progress on. See what stage bills are in, recent updates, and our stance. View our legislative tracking sheet
Virginia Mortgage Relief Program, or VMRP, to provide assistance to homeowners experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, to help prevent and/or ease mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosures and displacement. Financial hardship could include an increase in living expenses, childcare, change in household size, job loss or reduction in income, etc.
If you are a homeowner seeking assistance, visit our Eligibility page to review VMRP eligibility requirements, what is covered by VMRP, and a list of all required documents necessary to complete your application. Apply for mortgage relief today:First-time ApplicantReturning Applicant
If you are unable to register online or need assistance, please contact the VMRP Call Center from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST/EDT, Monday through Friday: 833-OUR-VMRP (833-687-8677).
For in-person help, contact the Call Center to schedule an appointment at a VMRP Assistance Center near you. VMRP offices are located in Arlington, Richmond, Wytheville and Newport News, and have appointments available from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST/EDT.
Effective March 17, 2022, the maximum amount of assistance to eligible Virginia homeowners is $40,000 with no cap on the number of months past due. Homeowners experiencing a financial hardship due to COVID-19 after January 21, 2020, with a delinquency amount of $40,000 or less may now be eligible for assistance. Applicants who were previously deemed ineligible due to the original program cap policy should contact a program representative at 833-OUR-VMRP (833-687-8677), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to begin the appeal process.
|The new VirginiaHousing.com has officially launched! Our updated site is mobile-responsive and intuitive for an improved user experience, featuring the functionality and information our audiences need. Whether you’re a lender, developer, community partner, property manager, government official, real estate agent, homebuyer, homeowner or renter, the new site was designed with your needs in mind.|
|Virginia Housing is pleased to announce the launch of the Virginia Mortgage Relief Program, or VMRP, to provide assistance to homeowners experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, to help prevent and/or ease mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosures and displacement. Financial hardship could include an increase in living expenses, childcare, change in household size, job loss or reduction in income, etc.|
If you are a homeowner seeking assistance, visit our Eligibility page to review VMRP eligibility requirements, what is covered by VMRP, and a list of all required documents necessary to complete your application. HERE
VH – 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.
Video Advocacy Campaign
Do you have a story about how a safe, decent, and affordable home would change or has changed your life? And/or, do you work with members of the community who have faced housing instability or live in affordable housing? We’re still collecting videos. Read more about the project and instructions here.
Follow the Happenings of Our Policy Priority Bills by viewing committee hearings. To find out about House meetings and how to sign-up to speak at committee meetings or submit comments, visit the House Speak page.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- 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.
VIRGINIA RENT AND MORTGAGE RELIEF PROGRAM (RMRP) – The RMRP is designed to support and ensure housing stability across the commonwealth during the coronavirus pandemic. Landlords are now able to apply on behalf of their tenants. Find out if you are eligible HERE
| 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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.dhcd.virginia.gov
FHLB – Atlanta
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