Northam announces $2.2 million in Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grants

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Governor Ralph Northam announced $2.2 million in Homeless Reduction Grants through the Virginia Housing Trust Fund (VHTF) for 30 projects in Virginia. The selected projects will result in targeted efforts to reduce homelessness around the Commonwealth. The grants will support 16 rapid re-housing projects, 12 existing permanent supportive housing projects, and the pre-development of two permanent supportive housing projects.

Successful efforts by the Governor and the General Assembly to increase the Virginia Housing Trust Fund allowed 16 additional projects totaling $1.1 million in funding to be awarded this fiscal year. Additional affordable housing construction loans will also be made possible with the increased funding which will be announced in the coming months.

“Virginia is focused on targeting our funds toward systematic strategies that have been proven successful in reducing homelessness, like rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing,” said Governor Northam. “We know that having a stable, safe, and affordable place to live is key to achieving positive educational outcomes, securing a good job, and leading a healthy, productive life—with this funding, we are working to strengthen our communities and ensure that no Virginian is left behind.”

Since 2010, overall homelessness in Virginia has decreased 34 percent, and homelessness among families has decreased 44 percent. Homelessness among veterans has decreased 48 percent since 2011, and in 2015, Virginia became the first state in the country to functionally end veteran homelessness. These successes have been driven by the leadership of the Governor’s Coordinating Council on Homelessness, collaboration between state and local partners, and the allocation of funding to support a systematic approach at the community level. Resources to address homelessness in Virginia are administered through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Virginia Homeless Solutions Program, which is a combination of state and federal funds.

“The Virginia Housing Trust Fund is a key resource in our efforts to reduce homelessness and make affordable housing more readily available for all,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “Housing is the foundation to building and sustaining healthy and vibrant communities for all Virginians.”

At least 80 percent of the funds allocated to the VHTF must be used to provide loans that reduce the costs of affordable rental housing and homeownership. Up to 20 percent may be used for grants to reduce homelessness. Eligible activities of the Homelessness Reduction Grant pool include rapid re-housing, support services for permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless, and pre-development of permanent supportive housing projects for chronically homeless individuals or families.

The applications were reviewed, evaluated and scored, and $2.2 million was allocated for 30 projects. The increase in the Housing Trust Fund in the state budget allowed all projects meeting the scoring threshold to be funded.

2019 Homeless Reduction Grant Awardees

OrganizationProject/ActivityAwardCommunities Served
Action in Community Through Service (ACTS)ACTS Permanent Supportive Housing Supportive Services$41,525Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and Prince William County
Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, Inc. (A-SPAN)The A-SPAN Supportive Housing Project$35,000Arlington County
City of ChesapeakeHomeless Youth Rapid Re-Housing Project$100,000Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, and Suffolk, and Isle of Wight and Southampton counties
City of HamptonYouth Homelessness$100,000Cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and James City and York counties
CornerstonesRapid Re-Housing Plus$100,000Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church
Council of Community ServicesHousing Trust Fund Rapid Re-Housing Project$35,000Cities of Covington, Roanoke, and Salem and Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke counties
Doorways for Women and FamiliesDoorways for Women and Families Housing Trust Fund Fiscal Year 2019$25,000Arlington County
ForKids, Inc.ForKids Bridge Rapid Re-Housing$50,000Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Isle of Wight and Southampton County
HomeAgainSingle Individuals Rapid Re-Housing Initiative$100,000City of Richmond and Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, New Kent, Charles City, and Powhatan counties
Mercy House, Inc.Mercy House Rapid      Re-Housing Program$100,000Cities of Harrisonburg and Winchester, and Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties
Micah Ecumenical MinistriesFredericksburg Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing$51,500City of Fredericksburg and Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties
Micah Ecumenical MinistriesFredericksburg Continuum of Care Rapid Re-Housing Program$77,250City of Fredericksburg and Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties
Miriam’s HouseCommunity First Rapid Re-Housing$100,000Cities of Bedford and Lynchburg, and Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties
New Hope Housing –AlexandriaAlexandria Housing First Apartments Program$55,000City of Alexandria
New Hope Housing – ArlingtonArlington Permanent Supportive Housing Project$100,000Arlington County
New Hope Housing – FairfaxFairfax County Housing First Permanent Supportive Housing Program$55,000Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, and Fairfax County
Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS)NVFS Greater Prince William Rapid Re-Housing and Stabilization Services$100,000Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and Prince William County
People Inc.King’s Housing Trust Fund$10,000City of Bristol and Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Tazewell, and Washington counties
People Inc.Hope Center$91,410Prince William County
Samaritan House, Inc.Rapid Re-Housing$100,000City of Virginia Beach
Shelter HouseShelter House Rapid Re-Housing 2019$100,000Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church
St. Joseph’s VillaContinuation of the Petersburg High School Housing Stability Pilot Program$62,725City of Petersburg
St. Joseph’s VillaFiscal Year 2019 St. Joseph’s Villa Housing Trust Fund$55,000Cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Emporia, and Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex counties
Steps, Inc.Heartland Local Planning Group/Steps, Inc.$13,590Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward counties
Virginia Supportive Housing2019 The Crossings$82,000City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson counties
Virginia Supportive Housing2019 Gosnold and Church Street$100,000Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, and Suffolk, and Isle of Wight and Southampton counties
Virginia Supportive Housing2019 Cloverleaf and Crescent Square – Virginia Beach$100,000City of Virginia Beach
Virginia Supportive Housing2019 New Clay and South Richmond Studios – Richmond$100,000City of Richmond and Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, New Kent, Charles City, and Powhatan counties
Virginia Supportive HousingCool Lane Apartments$100,000City of Richmond and Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, New Kent, Charles City, and Powhatan counties
Virginia Supportive Housing2019 Heron’s Landing – Chesapeake$60,000Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, and Suffolk, and Isle of Wight and Southampton counties
TOTAL$2,200,000
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