HUD awards money to Virginia affordable housing efforts

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $4.1 million to help Virginians continue to access affordable housing across the Commonwealth.

“These federal dollars will help Virginians access safe and affordable housing as our Commonwealth continues to build back better,” Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine said. “We are glad to see this funding go toward helping Virginians in need.”

A breakdown of the funding is below.

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP): These funds will go toward reducing the number of youth experiencing homelessness in rural, suburban, and urban areas across the Commonwealth.

Recipient Amount
Commonwealth of Virginia $1,603,743.60


Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPVs) for Demolition/Disposition: These funds will go toward replacement and relocation vouchers to demolish or dispose of public housing developments.

Recipient Amount
Charlottesville Redevelopment & Housing Authority $499,680


Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Set-Aside Funds: This funding will be used to provide special fee adjustments to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) that need additional funds to administer their Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, which helps low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing.

Recipient Amount
Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority – for Unforeseen Circumstances for CY2020 $1,133,877
Staunton Redevelopment & Housing Authority – Unforeseen Circumstances for CY2020 $59,930
James City County Office of Housing – Unforeseen Circumstances for CY2020 $23,252


Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Housing Choice Voucher Program Fund for Special Fees for Portability: This funding will be used to provide special fee adjustments to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) that need additional funds to administer their HCV Programs, specifically for special fees for receiving PHAs with portability vouchers. Portability vouchers allow families to transfer their rental subsidy if they move outside the jurisdiction of the PHA that first granted the voucher.

Recipient Amount
James City County Office of Housing – for Portability for CY2021 $5,856


Fiscal Year 21 American Rescue Plan Funding Adjustments for Mainstream Vouchers and Housing Choice Vouchers (Shortfall and Extraordinary Circumstances): This fund will go toward helping public housing agencies (PHAs) compensate for significant Housing Assistance Payments per unit cost (PUC) increases that PHAs faced due to COVID-19 or other extraordinary circumstances and to prevent the termination of current participants from the program.

Recipient Amount
Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority – Extraordinary Circumstances (Mainstream Vouchers) $12,243
Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority – Extraordinary Circumstances (Mainstream Vouchers) $20,647
Lynchburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority –  Shortfall and Per Unit Cost Increases due to Extraordinary Circumstances (HCVs) $292,979
Alexandria Redevelopment & Housing Authority –  Shortfall (Mainstream Vouchers) $107,626


Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Vouchers Competitive Awards: These funds will go toward housing assistance for youth between the ages of 18-24 who aged out of foster care, or will within 90 days, and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Recipient Amount
Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority – Family Unification Program HCVs $302,106
Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation – Homeless Foster Youth to Independence Initiative HCVs $36,322

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