Virginia Member Information

From VAHA – Things are finally starting to move at the General Assembly. Over 2,700 bills have been assigned in the House and they’re finally starting to make their way onto committee dockets.  As you know, we are fighting to protect the Governor’s housing budget (might even try to go upwards on the Trust Fund funding) and are working hard on two housing discrimination bills – LGBT and Source of Income Protections, among a handful of other housing affordability bills. Just for reference – LGBT protections were first introduced at the VA General Assembly by Senator Henry Marsh in 1991. Source of income protections have been introduced at least for the last 8 years and have NEVER received a hearing. This is the year! We have drafted a sign on letter that I’m hoping each of your organizations can support (attached) that will go out to members of the appropriate House General Laws Subcommittee). Also, please feel free to circulate among your networks to groups that you think would be willing to sign on. 

Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) is holding a series of information sessions around the Commonwealth to showcase our REACH grant and loan programs.  Our programs help support affordable and workforce housing development and enhance the capacity of housing-related organizations.

Who should attend:  Leadership and staff of nonprofit organizations, local governments, housing authorities, economic development organizations, planning district commissions, private developers–anyone who promotes production and preservation of affordable housing and is interested in grant and loan opportunities.

March 23, 2020 – 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
VHDA Resource Information Session – Wytheville
Southwest Virginia Housing Center
105 East Main Street Wytheville, VA 24382
Sincerely, Matthew Bolster Virginia Housing Development Authority

If you work in an Opportunity Zone, Opportunity Appalachia might be a resource via ACC of technical assistance funding and training for project readiness for submission of an opportunity zone application.  More information HERE

ARC – POWER Initiative Application portal opened Jan. 13. Feb. 28: Letter of intent due. Proposal due date: : March 27, 5PM (ET)

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.

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