Virginia

  • State Data Overview

    Across Virginia, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    246,882
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    23%
    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $27,020
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -157,087
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $48,109
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    70%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Kyle Arbuckle

    Kyle Arbuckle

    202.662.1530 x227 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Virginia Housing Alliance
    205 North Robinson Street
    Richmond, VA 23220
    P 804-840-8185
    www.vahousingalliance.org
    Brian Koziol, Executive Director
    [email protected]
    Randy Moore, Director of Policy
    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Kyle Arbuckle with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Randy Moore

    Virginia Housing Alliance

    Director of Policy and Advocacy

    804-840-8185

    [email protected] 

    State Designated Entity:

    William C. Shelton

    Director

    Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

    804-371-7077

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Lyndsi Austin

    Associate Director, Housing Policy and Compliance

    804-371-7122

    [email protected]


    Willie Fobbs

    Associate Director, Affordable Housing Production and Preservation

    804-371-7133

    [email protected]


    State Entity Webpage

    Virginia DHCD


    NHTF-specific page

    National Housing Trust Fund

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Virginia (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Virginia (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Virginia and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Virginia and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.


    People Inc. is offering rental assistance to qualifying individuals who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rental assistance will be paid directly to landlords of qualifying tenants. Rental assistance is available to qualifying individuals who live in Buchanan County, Bristol City, Clarke County, Culpeper County, Dickenson County, Fauquier County, Frederick County, Manassas City, Manassas Park City, Page County, Prince William County, Rappahannock County, Russell County, Shenandoah County, Warren County and Washington County. https://tinyurl.com/yc7jnrfp  

    CityDescriptionSource
    Loudon CountyOn April 7, the Board of Supervisors approved re-allocating $200,000 from the Eastern Loudoun County Home Revitalization Program to create the rental assistance program.https://tinyurl.com/ycjwsqpf
    Virginia BeachThe Virginia Beach Eviction Prevention Assistance program will provide eligible households with short-term assistance towards rental arrears since April 1, 2020, and one month’s rent. Assistance is provided one time, and payments are made directly to the landlord or property manager.https://tinyurl.com/ycyfhwzy
    AlexandriaAlexandria is now accepting applications for $600 per month for three months of emergency rental assistance for low-income residents affected by COVID-19.https://tinyurl.com/ybkhzk82

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    Advocates report a shelter in Gloucester County closed due to a lack of volunteers.

    The HOPE Foundation in Norfolk is no longer able to provide shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness.

    Governor Ralph Northam shared new resources on May 19 to protect residents from eviction, including a new website to help Virginians navigate housing programs and services. The governor also signed two bills that were approved by the General Assembly on April 22, including a bill that caps late fees on rents and another that protects tenants from evictions during emergencies.


    The Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless is providing shelter for approximately 87 people experiencing homelessness. The organization noted that while homelessness has always been an issue in the community, the pandemic is calling attention to the fact that homelessness is a community health issue.


    The City of Virginia Beach established a program to prevent evictions for low- and middle-income renters experiencing hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Virginia Beach Eviction Prevention Assistance program provides eligible renters with one-time payments issued directly to the landlord or property manager.

    The threat of COVID-19 has led local leaders in Western Washington to take drastic actions to address homelessness. Seattle and King County have moved people experiencing homelessness into hotels, installed new hygiene stations, and prohibits encampment sweeps. Advocates hope that this new approach to addressing homelessness will continue even after the acute crisis has passed.


    Richmond will be spending $5.8 million in federal and local funds to address housing instability and homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Levar Stoney announced that he intends to supplement the $4.2 million from the CARES Act with another $1 million from the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced an initial $2.5 million in emergency funding to shelter the state’s homeless population.

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb