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01.13.2022
Virginia Small Business Resiliency Fund will provide financial assistance to organizations that serve underserved, COVID-19 impacted business Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of the new Virginia Small Business Resiliency Fund program and more than $9.7 million in grants has been awarded for 12 projects throughout the Commonwealth. The funding will assist organizations to create programs and products that will expand access to capital and provide technical assistance for COVID-19 impacted small businesses.   “Small businesses are the backbone of the Virginia economy and the bedrock of our communities,” said Governor Northam. “These grants will provide needed support to our businesses to face the challenges of the pandemic. In addition to its tremendous work supporting affordable housing, community development, and other priorities, DHCD has led our programs to keep people in their homes and support small businesses during the pandemic. I want to thank DHCD Director Erik Johnson for his superb leadership of the agency, especially during the past 22 months. He has led an outstanding and creative team in finding innovative ways to help people during a challenging time.”   The Department of Housing and Community Development developed the Virginia Small Business Resiliency Fund with the purpose of supporting Virginia-based community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to build their capacity and increase economic activity in distressed communities throughout the Commonwealth. VSBRF goals include serving small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with an emphasis on those sectors which have been disproportionately impacted or have been economically disadvantaged. In addition, this program is expected to increase economic activity in distressed communities around the Commonwealth and to increase the capacity of the CDFI sector to serve those target markers in Virginia.   The General Assembly allocated $10,000,000 in FY2022 to establish a special, non-reverting fund that would provide grants to CDFIs, community development enterprises, or other such similar entities as permitted by law, whose primary purpose is to provide financing to small businesses in Virginia. CDFIs are private financial institutions certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury to deliver responsible, affordable financing to historically underbanked and underserved people, small businesses, and communities.   “Access to capital remains a challenge for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “This funding will help meet the needs of and provide services to underserved businesses so they can  thrive in their communities.”   The following projects will receive 2022 Virginia Small Business Resiliency Grant Awards:   Enterprise Development Group’s Small Business Resiliency Fund $1,500,000 ECDC Enterprise Development Group | Arlington County and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Manassas  Enterprise Development Group (EDG) will provide technical pre- and post-loan assistance focused on helping underserved communities, immigrant communities, and entrepreneurs of color who were disproportionately impacted by economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. EDG will leverage loan capital 2:1 to deploy a total of $4.9 million in microloans and will assist 54 businesses acquire funding. Freedom First Federal Credit Union’s Small Business Fund $1,500,000 Freedom First Federal Credit Union (FFFCU) | Counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buckingham, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Highland, Montgomery, Nelson, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Rockbridge, the cities of Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Covington, Lexington, Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, Staunton, and Waynesboro, and the towns of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Pulaski, and Vinton Freedom First Federal Credit Union (FFFCU) will deploy $1.5 million in small and microloans, establish a loan loss reserve and establish an Individual Development Account program for business purposes with a focus placed on small loans and women-, minority- and/or immigrant-owned businesses in distressed communities. This funding is part of a $13 million lending initiative for over 70 businesses. Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Small Business Capital Access Fund $1,500,000 Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) | Cities of Chesapeake, Colonial Heights, Hampton, Hopewell, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach  LISC Virginia and LISC Hampton Roads will create the Small Business Capital Access Fund to provide 0% interest, no-fee recoverable grants between $10,000-50,000 to small businesses, with priority consideration given to minority-, woman-, veteran- and immigrant-owned small businesses. LISC will expand their respective target markets into the Tri-Cities (Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights) and the Greater Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach). Capacity will be improved through the contract of business coaches to provide critical assistance to 60 small businesses. Virginia Community Capital Economic Equity Fund 2022 $1,500,000 Virginia Community Capital (VCC) | Commonwealth of Virginia  Virginia Community Capital (VCC) will expand its Economic Equity Fund Initiative (EEF), providing low-cost financing for small-, women-, and minority-owned businesses across Virginia that were disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Funding will assist VCC to deploy an additional $1.5 million through EEF to support 15 or more businesses, expand its loan loss reserve and build internal capacity by hiring a technical assistance provider specifically for EEF clients and borrowers. Latino Economic Development Center’s Small Business Recovery Program in Fairfax County $955,820 Latino Economic Development Corporation of Washington, DC (LEDC) | Fairfax County  Latino Economic Development Corporation’s (LEDC) project will be funded in different tiers. LEDC will deploy $40,000 of the VSBRF funding to conduct a market study to determine small business financing and target market needs in Fairfax County. Once market validation is complete, LEDC will receive the second tier of funding in the amount of $915,820 to hire lending and technical assistance staff to provide comprehensive, culturally and linguistically competent technical assistance to their target market, expand loan loss reserves and create a $575,000 revolving loan fund to assist 45-60 low- to moderate-income Latino and/or other underserved small businesses in Fairfax County. Community Business Partnership’s Small Business Resiliency Program $700,000 Community Business Partnership (CBP) | Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Frederick, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George, Prince William, Stafford, and Washington, cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park, towns of Clifton, Dumfries, Haymarket, Herndon, Leesburg, Occoquan, Quantico, Shenandoah, Vienna, and Warrenton  Community Business Partnership (CBP) will expand its target market into greater Northern Virginia and diversify its financial products and offerings through a revolving loan fund. CBP will increase its capacity to support its target markets, including small, women-, immigrant- and minority-owned businesses, specifically at-home business operators, through business counseling and curriculum in various languages spoken in the Northern Virginia service area. Funding of $350,000 will be deployed to increase CBP’s lending capacity and a loan loss reserve to support the lending. CBP will leverage grant dollars to secure future lending capital and technical financial assistance to help more than 150 borrowers. Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project’s Virginia Small Business Resiliency Fund $589,180 Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project Inc. (SERCAP) | Counties of Accomack, Alleghany, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Brunswick, Buchanan, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Carroll, Charles City, Clarke, Craig, Cumberland, Dickenson, Dinwiddie, Essex, Floyd, Fluvanna, Franklin, Giles, Gloucester, Grayson, Greensville, Halifax, Hanover, Henry, Highland, Isle of Wight, King and Queen, Lancaster, Lee, Lunenburg, Madison, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Nelson, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottoway, Orange, Page, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Tazewell, Washington, Westmoreland, Wise, and Wythe  Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project Inc. (SERCAP) will increase its available loan capital, providing accessible and affordable financing products to underserved businesses in rural areas of the commonwealth, with an emphasis on those directly impacted by COVID-19. SERCAP will provide $150,000 in technical assistance to microenterprises, deploy $665,000 in microloans to more than 40 businesses, and utilize $100,000 for staff administration of programming. Expanding Food and Farm Micro-and-Small-Business Lending in Virginia $555,000 Foodshed Capital | Commonwealth of Virginia Foodshed Capital will expand microlending and small business lending to Virginia farms and food businesses in geographies not yet served and funding activities that have traditionally lacked capital investments, including land procurement, food system infrastructure and food retail development. This project will help revitalize and boost local food systems in the wake of COVID-19 to ensure long-term food security. Funding will support loan loss reserve, capital for small and microloans; and operational support for staff. This project will leverage $750,000 in loans to help 74 food businesses across the Commonwealth.  Community Investment Collaborative’s Microloan Program $550,000 Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) | Counties of Orange, Culpeper, Madison, and Rappahannock Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) will catalyze its next phase of growth with additional capital for lending in four new counties, deploying $350,000 in loan capital, $50,000 in microgrants and $200,000 in operations support and leverage $1.41 million in existing loan funds to help 104 businesses get access to capital, 25 new businesses launched and 154 existing businesses grow. Alternative Lending Products & Technical Assistance for Underinvested Small Businesses in the Greater Richmond Region $150,000 Bridging Virginia | Counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, and Sussex, cities of Colonial Heights, Petersburg, and Richmond and the town of Ashland  Bridging Virginia will conduct a capital access study of the Greater Richmond Region to determine a target market and strategy to achieve Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certification status through the U.S. Department of Treasury. Funding will support increased internal capacity with the addition of an executive director to execute identified strategic plan deliverables, increase community knowledge of small business borrowing and how to access capital. An additional $50,000 will be leveraged to create a $100,000 revolving loan fund in connection with technical assistance and counseling to 50 small local businesses. Building Capacity for CDFIs to Support Underserved Businesses in Appalachian Virginia $100,000 Appalachian Community Capital Corporation (ACC) | Virginia Appalachian Regional Commission Region  Appalachian Community Capital Corporation (ACC) will build a support network for minority- and immigrant-owned small businesses in Appalachian Virginia by working with the CDFIs that serve small minority-owned businesses in the region. Funding will support the development and implementation of a strategy to increase lending to underserved businesses, provide six CDFIs with resources to provide up to 20 hours of training for targeted businesses, and the tailoring of financial products and services to meet market and sector needs. Once this strategy is implemented, the partnering CDFIs will help 40 minority- and immigrant-owned businesses create or retain 55 jobs. People’s Advantage Federal Credit Union’s Small Business Lending Initiative $100,000 People’s Advantage Federal Credit Union (PAFCU) | Counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King William, Louisa, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, and Sussex, the cities of Colonial Heights, Petersburg, and Richmond, and the town of Ashland  People’s Advantage Federal Credit Union (PAFCU), the only full-service CDFI in Virginia, will expand its offerings to include lending, affordable deposit products, and technical assistance to businesses in the metro-Richmond area. Funding will support the addition of a small business advocate and a loan loss reserve, fund 54 businesses and deploy $1,080,000 into the community.

01.13.2022
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $2.9 million for the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot (VERP) for seven projects throughout the Commonwealth to support eviction prevention services for 40 communities. “Addressing the issue of evictions has been a policy priority for my administration even before the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Northam. “This funding will provide housing stability for many Virginians providing access to safe, stable, and affordable housing. In addition to its tremendous work supporting affordable housing, community development, and other priorities, DHCD has led our programs to keep people in their homes and support small businesses during the pandemic. I want to thank DHCD Director Erik Johnson for his superb leadership of the agency, especially during the past 22 months. He has led an outstanding and creative team in finding innovative ways to help people during a challenging time."   Evictions have negative impacts on the overall financial well-being for a household, educational outcomes for individuals, and community health. Governor Northam and the General Assembly have focused on eviction prevention through rent relief during the pandemic but have also invested state resources in the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot to focus on solutions that prevent evictions as well as those that divert evictions. DHCD was directed to design and implement the pilot. The purpose of the pilot program is to create a local or regional coordinated-systems approach to effectively prevent evictions.   VERP is designed to prevent evictions as much as possible but will also provide services that divert evictions once the legal process has begun. Eviction prevention services occur prior to a household being issued an unlawful detainer. Eligible activities of the pilot include but are not limited to financial assistance, case management, landlord outreach, legal services and court navigation services. A portion of the funds will be set aside for program evaluation to further inform eviction prevention and diversion best practices moving forward.   “Safe, affordable, and stable housing is essential to Virginia’s communities and our economic success,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “This funding is critical to serve Virginia’s most vulnerable populations and will help refine our eviction prevention and diversion strategy going forward.”   The following projects will receive 2022 Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot (VERP) Grant Awards: HOME Eviction Reduction Program 2022 $950,000 Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia Inc. | Counties of Chesterfield and Henrico and cities of Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia Inc. (HOME) will expand upon their Eviction Diversion Program by increasing outreach efforts to high-need communities, providing additional rental assistance and expanding case management. The program began in 2018 through the city of Richmond’s Eviction Diversion Pilot Program, which was the first of its kind in the region. Funding will support the provision of eviction prevention and diversion activities, including two additional eviction diversion counselors and the creation of a legal court navigation program to assist clients at local courthouses. Peninsula Eviction Reduction Pilot (PERP) $850,000 United Way of the Virginia Peninsula | Counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, New Kent and York, and the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (UWVP) will provide eviction prevention and diversion services, as well as a court navigator program to the Virginia Peninsula, specifically targeting the cities of Hampton and Newport News, both priority areas with high rates of eviction. Funding will support UWVP’s increased capacity to address evictions by strengthening the network of housing solutions through partnerships with schools and courts and by increasing the accessibility of services. ALIVE! - AEPP & Court Navigation 2022 $550,000 ALIVE! | City of Alexandria ALIVE! will provide eviction prevention and diversion services in the city of Alexandria, where pockets of communities have high eviction rates, through the Alexandria Eviction Prevention Program (AEPP). Funding will support a holistic multipronged approach across the eviction continuum while leveraging existing partnerships with service providers, Legal Aid and the court system to conduct outreach and better coordination. Funds will cover the cost of financial assistance and stabilization supports, mitigation and trauma reduction, and court navigation. Family Crisis Support Services VERP Project $500,000 Family Crisis Support Services Inc. | Counties of Dickenson, Lee, Scott, and Wise, the cities of Wise, and Norton, and the towns of Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Clintwood, Coeburn, Dungannon, Gate City, Jonesville, Nickelsville, Pennington Gap, Pound, St. Charles, St. Paul, Weber, and Wise Family Crisis Support Services Inc. (FCSS) will provide eviction prevention services for rural communities that may experience significant informal evictions that are not accounted for in available eviction data. FCSS will utilize its coordinated entry process and work with local landlords and property managers to identify individuals and families at risk of evictions, while also using partnerships with local courts to address systemic causes of eviction. Funding will support case management and financial assistance to families and individuals facing eviction, as well as cover outreach, coordination efforts, initiatives and partnerships that promote systems change. Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission $250,000 Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission | City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) will work with the Piedmont Housing Alliance to serve the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County through rent assistance, stabilization services, and court navigation. Funding will support an Eviction Case Management Program at the newly created Financial Opportunity Center/Housing Hub as well as the creation of an eviction prevention case manager position and a landlord navigator position. Norfolk Eviction Mitigation Program $200,000 City of Norfolk This project will provide eviction prevention and diversion services to the city of Norfolk, a priority area with a high rate of evictions. The city, in partnership with local community organizations, will fund and expand upon the strategies identified in their Eviction Action Plan, including rental assistance, child care assistance, training, and court navigation. Funding will support two eviction prevention navigators to staff the Norfolk Eviction Prevention Resource Center operating at the courthouse, as well as an eviction prevention education and outreach coordinator that will conduct marketing campaigns, and work closely with the city and with community groups to inform tenants from neighborhoods with the highest rates of eviction. Eviction Reduction in Martinsville and Henry County $130,000 United Way of Henry County and Martinsville | Henry County and the City of Martinsville The United Way of Henry County and Martinsville (UWHCM) will provide eviction prevention and diversion services to Henry County and the City of Martinsville through rental assistance, utility assistance, support services to complete workforce training or maintain employment and financial education courses. Applicants will receive detailed intake and case management to gain a more complete understanding of the factors contributing to a household’s housing stability. UWHCM will use its strong network of community stakeholders to strengthen collaboration and improve the overall housing stability of the individual. They will also work closely with landlords to identify individuals who could benefit from the program before they fall too far behind.

01.13.2022
Funding will support new construction and rehabilitation of over 2,500 affordable and special needs housing units Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $60 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for 42 projects across the Commonwealth, creating or preserving 2,552 affordable housing units for low-income and extremely low-income households. The funding will improve access to energy efficient affordable housing, reduce homelessness, provide permanent supportive housing options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and complete energy efficiency updates in affordable housing units. “Quality, affordable housing is essential to building vibrant communities and ensuring every Virginian has the opportunity to thrive,” said Governor Northam. “We must keep investing in the Commonwealth’s stock of affordable housing, and the Affordable and Special Needs Housing programs will continue to be a vitally important resource for vulnerable Virginians. In addition to its tremendous work supporting affordable housing, community development, and other priorities, DHCD has led our programs to keep people in their homes and support small businesses during the pandemic. I want to thank DHCD Director Erik Johnson for his superb leadership of the agency, especially during the past 22 months. He has led an outstanding and creative team in finding innovative ways to help people during a challenging time.” The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development administers Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans, which combine state and federal resources to provide a simplified and comprehensive application process. Funding comes from four main sources: the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the National Housing Trust Fund, the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, and Housing Innovations in Energy Efficiency funds. Governor Northam and the General Assembly invested a historic $55 million in the Virginia Housing Trust Fund this fiscal year. VHTF provides financing for housing construction projects that create or preserve affordable housing units, reduce the cost of affordable housing and increase homeownership. This funding is a key source of financing for these affordable housing initiatives to support moderate-and-low-income families, as well as supporting homeless reduction grants to provide rapid re-housing and longer-term housing solutions for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. “Housing stability is more important now than it has ever been as we turn the corner on this pandemic,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “These projects will help address the affordable housing needs of the Commonwealth, protect our most vulnerable, strengthen our communities, and support our economy.” Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans are awarded through a competitive process. Fifty-five applications requesting more than $79 million were received for this round of funding. Proposals were reviewed, evaluated, and scored with proposals ranked and award offers recommended to the highest-ranking proposals based on funding availability. The funded projects will leverage over $651 million in additional federal, state, local and private lending resources.   2021 Fall Affordable and Special Needs Housing Awardees:   ASPIRE | TRG Community Development LLC $900,000   (VHTF) $900,000   (NHTF) $1,764,819 (HIEE) City of Norfolk The ASPIRE project consists of demolition and new construction of 85 apartment units in downtown Norfolk to serve families with area median incomes (AMI) between 40% and 80%. The project will accept project-based vouchers for 21 units and will have six permanent supportive housing units.   Southwood Apartments A | Piedmont Housing Alliance $1,600,000 (HIEE) $900,000 (NHTF) $900,000 (VHTF) Albemarle County Southwood Apartments A will be a new construction of 70 rental units in Albemarle County. These one-, two- and three- bedroom units will be available for households earning between 30% and 60% AMI. Eight units will have project-based vouchers and six units will be designated for permanent supportive housing. Piedmont Housing is working with a partner to include an onsite Head Start program for residents.   Choice Neighborhood III-R| Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority $700,000   (VHTF) $700,000    (NHTF) $2,000,000 (HIEE) City of Newport News Choice Neighborhood III-R is a new construction rental project consisting of four buildings for a total of 71 units located in Newport News.   Choice Neighborhood IV-R | Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority $700,000   (VHTF) $700,000   (NHTF) $2,000,000 (HIEE) City of Newport News Choice Neighborhood IV-R is a new construction rental development with 84 apartments located in Newport News.   Arna Marbella | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing $700,000   (VHTF) $2,000,000 (HIEE) Arlington County Arna Marbella is the renovation of 163 rental units between two properties, Marbella Apartments and Arna Valley View, in Arlington County. The project will include onsite bilingual resident services and free Wi-Fi in each unit.   Premier Circle | Virginia Supportive Housing $900,000 (HOME) $900,000 (NHTF) $714,909 (HIEE) Albemarle County Premier Circle is the new construction of 80 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless and low-income adults from the Charlottesville region. Each studio unit will be approximately 350 square feet and contain a kitchen and full bathroom. Resident amenities include phone, computer rooms, a fitness room, laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi. The building will contain staff offices for on-site supportive services and property management, a front desk staffed 16 hours per day and a night-monitor unit.   Middlebrook Trace | Taft-Mills Group $900,000 (VHTF) $899,530 (NHTF) $697,470 (HIEE) City of Staunton Middlebrook Trace is the new construction of 82 rental units in Staunton. Eight units will be reserved for permanent supportive housing, and 15 units will accept project-based vouchers. The project will include two- and three-bedroom units. The project will include services to tenants with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.   CRHA South First Phase Two | Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority $400,000   (NHTF) $2,000,000 (HIEE) City of Charlottesville South First Phase Two is a new construction project of 113 rental units in Charlottesville. The project includes one-, two-, three- four-, and five-bedroom apartments across 21 buildings. Fifty-eight of the units will have either a Section 8 or Section 9 subsidy. The project will include a program, in partnership with the Charlottesville Office of Economic Opportunity and Piedmont Virginia Community College, to provide job training. The development also includes substantial indoor community resource space, outdoor amenity spaces, access to trails and recreational space along Pollack's Branch.   Arbors at Birchwood | Marlyn Development Corporation $100,000 (VHTF) $2,000,000 (HIEE) City of Virginia Beach Arbors at Birchwood is a new construction rental unit development for elderly persons 62 and older on 4.92 acres in Virginia Beach. This project will consist of 150 units designed to meet accessibility needs of residents.     Fairfax Hall | South River Development Corporation $350,000 (VHTF) $350,000 (NHTF) $1,300,000 (HIEE) City of Waynesboro Fairfax Hall is an existing project serving primarily senior households in an historic structure in the former Brandon Hotel. This project proposes to retrofit the existing 54 apartments to meet physical accessibility requirements and promote universal access. This project aims to improve energy and operating efficiency by replacing outmoded systems, adding insulation and minimizing water waste. The project has 12 project-based vouchers through Waynesboro Redevelopment and Housing Authority.   Southwood Apartments B | Piedmont Housing Alliance $900,000 (VHTF) $1,075,000 (HIEE) Albemarle County Southwood Apartments B is a new construction of 51 rental units in Albemarle County. All units will be available for households at or below 60% AMI, with four designated permanent supportive housing units. Piedmont Housing is working with a partner to include an onsite Head Start program for residents.   Watermark Gardens | Surber Development and Consulting LLC $600,925 (VHTF) $600,925 (NHTF) $638,150 (HIEE) Chesterfield County Watermark Gardens is the new construction of 80 rental units in Chesterfield. The project will provide services to tenants with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and the project will accept project-based vouchers.   Horner | Better Housing Coalition $900,000 (VHTF) $900,000 (HOME) Chesterfield County Horner is the new construction of a 49-unit apartment building in Chesterfield County, comprised of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments serving families with incomes up to 60% AMI. This development is designed to be pedestrian friendly with well-lit sidewalks, a walking trail, and both active and passive recreation sites. Residents will have access to a fitness room and a community room, which will be programmed with financial literacy classes.   The Villas on Main | Cumberland Plateau Redevelopment and Housing Authority $450,000 (HOME) $450,000 (VHTF) $450,000 (NHTF) $347, 550 (HIEE) Russell County The Villas on Main is a new construction independent residential facility project consisting of 21 units across 10 buildings located in Lebanon. All 21 units will meet Universal Design Standard and include patios and front gardens for the residents. The Villas on Main will serve low-income seniors and disabled persons. The Villas on Main will partner with local service providers to bring supportive services and partner with local agencies to provide transportation for residents.   Townhomes at Liberty Place | Cantebury Enterprises $700,000 (VHTF) $900,000 (HOME) City of Richmond The Townhomes at Liberty Place are the new construction of 39 rental townhomes in Richmond. The townhomes will consist of a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units and for families with incomes between 40-60% AMI. All units will meet Universal Design standards.   Colbrook | Better Housing Coalition $700,000 (VHTF) $700,000 (HOME) Chesterfield County Colbrook is the adaptive reuse of the historic Colbrook Motel to provide 47 affordable apartments in Chesterfield County. There will be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Five units will be set aside for Chesterfield Community Service Board (CSB) clients who will receive rental assistance through the CSB. This project will include a standalone building to provide community space and a museum to honor the motel's previous appearance in the “Green Book,” a travel guide for African Americans during segregation.   Brinshore Block 17 | Brinshore Development, LLC $700,000 (VHTF) $700,000 (NHTF) City of Norfolk Block 17 Apartments is part of a HUD Choice Neighborhood Initiative and will consist of 68 newly constructed rental units in Norfolk. These units will be a mix of market-rate units and units dedicated for families earning between 30-60% AMI. The units will come with free Wi-Fi and residents will have access to Crestar Health, a nearby Mental Health Clinic, at no cost.   Brinshore Block 18 | Brinshore Development, LLC $700,000 (VHTF) $700,000 (NHTF) City of Norfolk Block 18 Apartments is part of a HUD Choice Neighborhood Initiative and will consist of 72 newly constructed rental units in Norfolk. These units will be a mix of market rate units and units dedicated for families earning between 30%-60% AMI. Block 18 Apartment residents will have access to Crestar Health, a nearby Mental Health Clinic, at no cost.   Spring Creek, Coleman and Cleveland | Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity        $700,000 (HOME) $700,000 (VHTF) Louisa County and City of Charlottesville Spring Creek, Coleman and Cleveland is a new construction home-buyer project consisting of eight units among three sites. Spring Creek is located in Louisa County, and Coleman Court/Cleveland Avenue is located in the city of Charlottesville. Spring Creek consists of four single-family, four-bedroom homes sitting on .25 acre lots. Coleman Court and Cleveland will consist of two duplex units located within established neighborhoods in Charlottesville. All eight homebuyer units will incorporate Universal Design concepts.   Bellwood Crossing | Hill Tide Investments $700,000 (VHTF) $700,000 (NHTF) Chesterfield County Bellwood Crossing is a new construction rental property, and this development will consist of 102 units with one- and two-bedroom options. Of the total units, 15 will be allocated for veterans, and up to 10 units will be available for lease through the Chesterfield County Community Services Board. All units will prioritize persons on the public housing waiting list and/or Section 8 of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority.   Ashlake Trails | Mark-Dana Corporation $700,000 (VHTF) $700,000 (HIEE) Chesterfield County Ashlake Trails is a low-rise new construction rental development for seniors (55+) comprised of 67 units. The project will consist of 36 one-bedroom units and 31 two-bedroom units. Each unit will be provide free individual Wi-Fi access.   Saint Elizabeth Apartments | Commonwealth Catholic Charities $800,000 (VHTF) $500,000 (NHTF) City of Richmond Saint Elizabeth Apartments is the new construction of 56 apartments comprised of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units across15 buildings. The apartments would serve families with incomes between 30% and 60% AMI, and would have a community building, playground, and on-site rental office. Six units will be reserved for individuals living with HIV/AIDS that receive HOPWA tenant-based vouchers as well as financial counseling and case management.   Winchester Forest 4 | Better Housing Coalition $350,000 (VHTF) $915,000 (HIEE) Chesterfield County Winchester Forest 4 is the new construction of 88 one-, two- and three-bedroom rental apartments in North Chesterfield County. Winchester Forest 4 is an expansion of Winchester Greens and Market Square. Site-based services will be provided to improve residents' academic, health and economic outcomes.   Grande Oak III | Surber Development $375,062 (VHTF) $375,062 (NHTF) $499,875 (HIEE) City of Williamsburg and York County Grande Oak III is the new construction of 49 rental units in York County. The project has two-bedroom apartments, all of which will fit Universal Design standards and be actively marketed towards people with disabilities.   Wellesley | Community Housing Partners $900,000 (VHTF) $285,000 (HIEE) City of Newport News Wellesley is the substantial renovation of an existing three-story, 40-unit building in Newport News. All units will serve residents over the age of 55, with an income at or below 50% AMI. All units will be occupied by households receiving project-based Section 8 vouchers. The proposed acquisition and rehabilitation will include but is not limited to new flooring, roofing, windows, mechanical systems, appliances, cabinetry, kitchen and bathroom fixtures.   Cross Creek Rehab | Community Housing Partners $600,000 (VHTF) $546,000 (HIEE) City of Portsmouth Cross Creek Rehab is an existing affordable multifamily development in the city of Portsmouth comprised of 78 two- and three-bedroom garden-style apartments, which will serve families with incomes between 40-80% AMI. Seven units will be reserved for permanent supportive housing and eight for project-based vouchers. This project proposes new flooring, windows, mechanical systems, appliances and fixtures and increased accessibility for eight units.   HRHA Lineweaver Annex Renovation | Harrisonburg Housing and Redevelopment Authority $900,000 (VHTF) $230,000 (HIEE) City of Harrisonburg The Lineweaver Annex is an extensive rehabilitation rental project located in downtown Harrisonburg. This rehabilitation consists of 60 one-bedroom units designated for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and 20 of the 60 units will be reserved for permanent supportive housing.   Grayson Manor | Community Housing Partners $900,000 (VHTF) $161,180 (HIEE) Grayson County Grayson Manor is an existing 32-unit affordable senior development with one-bedroom, garden-style units. This project will acquire and renovate Grayson Manor, with rehabilitation to include new flooring, windows, mechanical systems, fixtures and appliances. In addition, five units will be made more accessible. The units will serve seniors with income at or below 60% AMI.   Leggett Building Apartments | Taylor Hollow Construction $700,000 (HOME) $239,700 (HIEE) City of Radford The Leggett Building Apartments will convert the former Leggett Building in Radford into 11 mixed-income rental units. Seven of the units will be for households earning up to and between 50% and 60% AMI, and four will be market rate. The project will include free broadband access for tenants and is located in downtown Radford.   Mt. Sterling Nine | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing $900,000 (VHTF) Loudoun County Mt. Sterling Nine is the new construction of 48 rental units for seniors in Loudoun County. The project will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments. Residents will have access to free Wi-Fi in unit and communal spaces, as well as access to community amenities, such as a business center and a fitness and wellness suite. Five units will be available for seniors at 30% AMI and the remaining 43 will be available for seniors at 50% AMI.   Oak Terrace | Hill Tide Housing Investments, LLC $700,000 (VHTF) City of Suffolk Oak Terrace is the new construction of 120 two- and three-bedroom apartments across five three-story buildings in Suffolk. The buildings will be built to EarthCraft standards and include a playground, picnic shelter, a community building with laundry facilities, a computer room and exercise room. Twelve units will comply with ADA requirements, with three units equipped to serve individuals with sensory impairments. Commonwealth Catholic Charities will provide financial coaching, education and employment services to tenants.   Goose Creek Crossing | Hill Tide Housing Investments, LLC $700,000 (VHTF) City of Staunton Goose Creek Crossing is the new construction of 116 units of two- and three-bedroom rental apartments across a 6.6 acre site in Staunton. The site will include a community building with an exercise room, computer room, laundry facilities, and management and maintenance offices. A playground and picnic shelter for resident use will also be onsite. The development will be served by Commonwealth Catholic Charities to provide resident services such as homeownership, financial counseling and employment services.   Expanding Affordable Housing 2020-2021 | Richmond Habitat for Humanity $700,000 (VHTF) City of Richmond Expanding Affordable Housing is the new construction of eight affordable homes. The scattered-site homes will be available for purchase by families earning up to between 40% and 80% AMI. All homes will be built to EarthCraft and Energy Star standards and four will be built to meet Universal Design standards.   Mecklenburg Manor | NFP Affordable Housing Corporation $700,000 (VHTF) Mecklenburg County Mecklenburg Manor is an extensive rehabilitation of an existing Section 8 and family complex. This rehabilitation will consist of eight buildings for a total of 51 units. This project will continue to prioritize Section-8 applicants, located in South Hill. Upon completion the project will be Enterprise Green Communities certified.   Sweetbriar II Apartments 2021 | People Inc. Housing Group $517,000 (HIEE) Washington County Sweetbriar II Apartments is a new construction rental development located in Abingdon. This development will consist of 22 units in 11 duplex-style buildings and comprised of two- and three-bedroom garden-style townhome units. Five of the garden-style units will be fully accessible, and six will include Universal Design features. The accessible units will be subsidized with project-based Mainstream Vouchers with prioritization of low-income households with disabilities.   Covenant Heights VII | Hope Community Builders $500,000 (HOME) Rockingham County Covenant Heights will consist of eight new construction homebuyer units in two buildings located in Rockingham County. These units will be used to help low-income and first-time homebuyers.   Cool Lane Apartments | Virginia Supportive Housing $466,872 (HIEE) Henrico County Cool Lane Apartments is the adaptive re-use of a vacant building located in Henrico County. The project will renovate the former assisted living facility into permanent supportive housing for homeless and low-income individuals. The existing structure will be redesigned and adapted to create 86 units for homeless and low-income individuals earning 50% or less AMI from Henrico County and the city of Richmond.   Fifeville Rehab | Piedmont Housing Alliance $300,000 (VHTF) $32,500  (HIEE) City of Charlottesville Fifeville Rehab is the rehabilitation of five vacant units across three buildings in Charlottesville for the sale to households at or below 50% AMI. Improvements to the properties include the addition of solar panels, the modernization of kitchens and upgrades to promote energy-efficiency and home health.   712-714 High Street | Southside Community Housing and Development Corporation $300,000 (HOME) City of Petersburg High Street is the new construction of 12 rental units in Petersburg. The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments will be targeted for households earning up to and between 30% and 80% AMI. This project will contribute two permanent supportive units to the region. Two of the units will be accessible for physically impaired persons. This project will accompany the 714 High Street project already funded by ASNH, bringing 22 total units, 12 of which are permanent supportive housing.   Holly Court | Community Housing Partners $231,220 (HIEE) Lancaster County Holly Court is the substantial rehabilitation of 40 one-bedroom senior apartments across three one-story buildings in Kilmarnock. All units will meet Universal Design standards, and five units will have additional design for accessibility under Section 504. Two units will be designed to serve residents who have hearing or visual impairments. Improvements include a new roof, gutters, downspouts, replacement of cabinets, countertops, appliances, lighting and bath fixtures, installation of low-flow faucets, shower heads, toilets and the replacement of the existing HVAC and water heater systems.   Mt. Sterling Four | Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing $200,000 (VHTF) Loudoun County Mt. Sterling Four is the new construction of 50 rental units for seniors in Loudon County. The project will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments. Residents will have access to free Wi-Fi in unit and communal spaces, as well as access to community amenities, such as a business center and a fitness and wellness suite. Five units will be available for seniors at 30% AMI and five units will be available for seniors at 50% AMI, with the remaining 40 available for seniors at 60% AMI. Mt. Sterling Nine will be co-located with Mt. Sterling Nine.   Armstrong Renaissance | Better Housing Coalition $200,000 (VHTF) City of Richmond Armstrong Renaissance is a new construction project of 36 homes for purchase in Richmond. Twenty-eight of the units will be at market rate, and eight will be for homebuyers at or below 80% AMI. The project provides $15,000 in down payment assistance to eligible homebuyers. The development is next to a new supermarket, a community college and a library.

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