Housing Authorities in Virginia

State of Housing in VirginiaThe State of Virginia received a total of $24,451,726 from HUD for this year’s support of the local homeless and service programs. In March it received $22,450,721 and again $2,001,005 in May.The housing programs that HUD supports in Virginia are:

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Section 8 Program is a rental assistance program that assists very low-income families with their rent in the private market. The voucher program increases affordable housing choices for very low-income households by allowing families to choose privately owned rental housing. The family may choose a unit with a higher rent than the fair market rent (FMR), however, the rent must be reasonable.The voucher is good for 60 days from the date of issue. The family may also request an extension if they are not able to find housing by their deadline date. All requests for extensions must be submitted in writing with supporting documentation of the reason for the request. The maximum number of days on the voucher is 120 days. After that time the voucher will expire, unless the request is for a reasonable accommodation.

Families or individuals with very-low to low-income qualify for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Eligibility is based on:

  • Annual gross income,
  • Whether you qualify as an elderly or disabled family, a person with a disability, a veteran or as a family, and
  • U.S. citizenship/immigration status.

Mainstream vouchers
Assist elderly and non-elderly families that have a person with disabilities.

Designated housing vouchers
Assist non-elderly families, who would be eligible for public housing if occupancy were not restricted to elderlyState of Housing in Virginia households. These vouchers also assist families affected by a PHA decision to designate their buildings as "mixed elderly and disabled buildings" but demonstrate a need for alternative resources for families with a disabled person.

Certain development vouchers
Assist non-elderly families with a disabled person, who do not currently receive housing assistance in certain developments where owners establish preferences for, or restrict occupancy to, elderly families.

Housing Assistance for Veterans

Housing assistance for homeless Veterans and their families is available through several federal programs.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) partner to provide permanent, supportive housing and treatment services for homeless Veterans.

The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program

The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program provides funds for community-based agencies for homeless Veterans. Through the program, each year (as funding is available) VA offers grants that may fund up to 65 percent of the project for the construction, acquisition or renovation of facilities or to purchase vans to provide outreach and services to homeless Veterans.

Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program

VA’s Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program makes all the properties VA obtains through foreclosures on VA-insured mortgages available for sale to homeless provider organizations to shelter homeless Veterans. The mortgages are offered at a discount of 20 to 50 percent, based on how long the property has been listed for sale. Many women Veterans face challenges when returning to civilian life that are different from those of their male counterparts, including raising children on their own or dealing with the psychological after effects of events such as military sexual trauma. These issues, without intervention, can put women Veterans at greater risk of becoming homeless. This makes VA’s efforts to provide housing and health care support all the more critical. It is a challenge VA continues to embrace.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF)

SSVF awards grants to private nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives who will provide supportive services to very low income Veterans and their families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing. The grantees will provide a range of supportive services designed to promote housing stability. SSVF grants are released throughout the year so check often to see when new funding is available.

Home Rehabilitation Loan Program

This program aims to improve the quality of homes owned by low- and moderate-income City residents. EligibleState of Housing in Virginia households may receive loans of up to $90,000 for construction costs, plus additional funds if needed for moving and storage fees, permits, title and appraisal reports, architectural and engineering expenses, and other related costs. Loans are no-interest and repayment is deferred for 99 years or until the property is sold, whichever comes first.

Rental Accessibility Modification Program (RAMP)

This program provides grants of up to $50,000 for primary residence modifications that are necessary to accommodate the particular circumstances of the disabled member of the household. The program also provides "mini-grants" to assist households needing limited modifications of up to $1,500.

Affordable Homeownership Set-Aside Units

This program provides a limited number of discounted, resale restricted units in some newly constructed homeownership developments. The units are discounted by the developer to levels affordable to low and moderate income purchasers. Units designated as affordable set-asides have long-term affordability requirements which are enforced by restrictive covenants.

Landlord/Tenant Complaint Mediation

This program assists landlords and tenants in resolving disputes by providing information to both parties on their rights and responsibilities under local and state law, and by helping to settle disputes through mediation.

Fair Housing Training for Realtors and Property Managers

Landlords, tenants, realtors, and property managers are given training on compliance with federal, state, and local fair housing laws.

Housing Opportunities Fund

The Fund is designed to supplement other sources of project funding by providing low interest loans or grants to produce housing units affordable to households with incomes at or below 60% of the area’s median income. Funding may be used to cover costs such as: feasibility analysis; pre-development activities; housing preservation; and development costs.

Shelter plus Care

This program provides rental assistance for homeless people with disabilities, primarily those with serious mental illness, chronic problems with alcohol and/or drugs, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and related diseases.State of Housing in Virginia Rental assistance grants must be matched in the aggregate by supportive services that are equal in value to the amount of rental assistance and appropriate to the needs of the population to be served. Recipients are chosen on a competitive basis nationwide.

Homebuyers, Homeowners, and Tenants’ Education

HUD provides counseling service through approximately 1,700 HUD-approved counseling agencies. These agencies are public and private nonprofit organizations with housing counseling skills and knowledge of HUD, VA, and conventional housing programs. The funding helps the approved agencies partially meet their operating expenses.


Income limits for public housing and vouchers are set by the government. They change every year and are different in different parts of the state and for different sized families.

Income Limits for Housing Subsidy in Virginia

FY 2013 Very Low-Income (50%) Limit (VLIL)
Income Limit Information Median Family Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 VLIL $77,000 $26,950 $30,800 $34,650 $38,500 $41,600 $44,650 $47,750 $50,800
FY 2013 Extremely Low-Income (30%) Limit (ELIL)
Income Limit Information 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 ELIL $16,150 $18,500 $20,800 $23,100 $24,950 $26,800 $28,650 $30,500
FY 2013 Low-Income (80%) Limit (LIL)
Income Limit Information 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 LIL $43,100 $49,300 $55,450 $61,600 $66,550 $71,450 $76,400 $81,300

Applicants for public housing, rent subsidy, or other housing assistance must also pass a criminal background check. They may be given priority status if they are:

  • Persons who are homeless due to natural disasters.
  • Persons who are homeless due to public action.
  • Persons with emergency needs (such as domestic violence victims, persons with medical emergencies, or homeless persons facing an immediate threat to their health and safety.
  • Veterans and local residents.

Unemployment Rate in Virginia

The unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2013 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. It peaked in December 2009 at 7.4% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower.

Unemployment RateMarch 2013Month/MonthYear/Year
National 7.5% -0.1 -0.6
Virginia 5.2% -0.1 -0.7

The demand for housing and rent subsidy programs in the State of Virginia exceeds the available supply of funds and housing stock. A small drop in the unemployment rate has an insignificant effect on the waiting lists. Please ask your housing agency for details of the programs you are interested in.

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