Virginia Member Information

Caucus Meeting Information:

  • Upcoming Meetings
  • Thursday, June 24 – 1pm – 4pm ET via ZOOM
  • Thursday, October 28

4/22/2021 – VA Caucus Spring Retreat Update – Jamie Gross

From Virginia Housing Alliance:

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.

  1. 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 vha@vahousingalliance.org
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  • UPCOMING MEETINGS – SAVE THE DATE:
  • Sept. 21-23 – Housing Virginia’s Most Vulnerable
  • Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 – Housing Credit Conference

From VHDC

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: matthew.weaver@dhcd.virginia.gov or rachel.jordan@dhcd.virginia.gov Website: www.dhcd.virginia.gov
CDBG Resources in Response to COVID-19: CDBG COVID-19 Fact Sheet   CDBG COVID-19 Response Document

Virginia Housing UPDATES:

VHDAREACH 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.

From VAHCDO:

      Grant Program Expands Eligibility   The Commonwealth of Virginia has announced the expansion of its REBUILD! VA grant program. The grant, designed to help small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19, has expanded its eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses to apply.        Small supply chain partners of businesses forced to close under Executive Order 53 or 55, as well as businesses that received CARES Act funding, are now eligible to receive a $10,000 REBUILD! VA grant. Businesses that have received CARES Act funding must certify that they will only use the REBUILD! VA grant for recurring expenses and that the grant will not be used to cover the same expenses as the other CARES Act funds.   Please help us get the word out by sharing this information with your networks!   Learn More & Apply       Administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), Rebuild VA has received over 3,000 applications. SBSD and its program partners, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, made the decision to expand eligibility criteria after analysis of eligible and ineligible applications received within the first 30 days of the grant’s launch.       Stay connected and in the know     Virginia Housing | Customer Service: 1-800-235-6938 | Website | Join Our Email List   The information contained herein (including but not limited to any description of Virginia Housing and its lending programs and products, eligibility criteria, interest rates, fees and all other loan terms) is subject to change without notice.    

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

Kaboom grant for playground equipment – rolling deadline, fundraising match required – check it out HERE Frequently Asked questions/answers HERE