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02.23.2024
Funding will support revitalization of derelict structures into mixed-use developments Governor Glenn Youngkin announced today $1.5 million in Mixed Use on Main Street (MUMS) funding for three projects located in the city of Hopewell and the towns of Marion and Pulaski. The projects will transform a vacant property located in Hopewell’s Downtown Historic District, add eight market rate apartments in Pulaski and renovate the Gospel Armory and Past Time Antique buildings into 12 apartments and two retail spaces in the town of Marion. “Downtowns serve as the heartbeat of countless communities in the Commonwealth, and this investment initiative seeks to breathe new life into neglected structures by cultivating dynamic businesses and new housing prospects,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “A resilient infrastructure is fundamental to a prosperous economic approach, and this program will propel economic growth and nurture community pride in these communities.” MUMS is a pilot program created as a joint effort with the Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) and Virginia Main Street (VMS) programs, both administered through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to support the revitalization of vacant or underutilized downtown spaces to create opportunities for commercial development and housing units in communities that are active participants in VMS. Awards are available up to $500,000 for the rehabilitation of mixed-use buildings that must include the creation or preservation of housing units and can be provided as either grants or loans. “This program empowers us to strategically invest in our communities, providing the resources and adaptability that is crucial for economic growth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. "Through MUMS, we can remove barriers to future economic development efforts by turning blighted or vacated structures into sources of growth.” MUMS funding leverages local and private resources to achieve market-driven redevelopment of structures, creating a catalyst for long-term employment opportunities, on-going physical and economic revitalization, and housing units in communities. “Through MUMS, we are able to make targeted and strategic investments in communities and create the best possible catalyst for revitalization and growth,” said Bryan Horn, director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. “These three projects will leverage over $3 million in additional public and private investments to bring new life to these structures and the localities.” For more information on MUMS, visit dhcd.virginia.gov/irf. Locality/Organization Project Name Award City of Hopewell 307 East Broadway $500,000 Marion Economic Development Authority Gospel Armory/Past Time Building $500,000 Town of Pulaski 69 West Main Street $500,000  

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02.12.2024
Funding will support rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and support services to underserved populations in 109 localities Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced $12 million in the Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grants for 55 projects across the Commonwealth. The funding will advance targeted efforts to reduce homelessness with 2,177 individuals and families.  “In the pursuit of sustainable economic growth and a thriving business landscape, it is imperative that we develop responsive housing solutions,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “This funding not only safeguards our most vulnerable citizens, but also addresses the changing housing needs of all Virginians.”  The Virginia Housing Trust Fund is funded by the Commonwealth, and the grants announced today represent 20% of this fiscal year’s fund investment. The remaining funds support the production of new or rehabilitated housing units through the Affordable and Special Needs Housing Program.   “Housing stands as the cornerstone for fostering lively communities and robust local economies,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “This funding round prioritizes innovative approaches, like rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing, to effectively combat homelessness, ensuring that every at-risk Virginian receives the support they need to make homeless rare, brief and one-time.”  The goal of the Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grant Program is to reduce homelessness throughout Virginia. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) supports Balance of State (BoS) Continuum of Care (CoC) local planning group strategies and homeless service projects that are a part of an effective emergency crisis response system in communities. The Homeless Reduction Grant program must be coordinated with other community-based activities, and grantees use a local centralized or coordinated assessment/entry system, which is the best practice for a housing-focused approach for helping households experiencing homelessness quickly regain stability in permanent housing.  “Making sure every Virginian has a place to call home is critical, and this round of grant funding will continue the Commonwealth’s efforts to reduce homelessness,” said Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Director, Bryan Horn. “These projects will assist our most vulnerable residents by removing barriers and providing services to support them as they regain housing stability.”  For more information, visit dhcd.virginia.gov/vhtf.    A FULL LIST OF THE 2024 HOMELESS REDUCTION GRANT AWARDED PROJECTS CAN BE FOUND HERE. 

CDBG

12.29.2023
Funding will support housing rehabilitation, water and sewer improvements, and community service facility enhancements Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced more than $18 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 16 projects across the Commonwealth. The funding will support projects that rehabilitate housing, revitalize downtown districts, improve water and sewer infrastructure and provide dental facilities for needed services, benefiting more than 2,800 low- and moderate-income Virginians.   “In my Make Virginia Home Plan, addressing the escalating cost of living takes center stage,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “These initiatives aim to forge affordable housing and essential infrastructure, improving the well-being of our communities in need. Our goal is to elevate the quality of life, maintaining Virginia as the premier state to live, work and raise a family.”  The federally funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development since 1982 and annually receives approximately $19 million to distribute to small cities, counties and towns. With these funds, localities can provide new or improved water and sewer systems in rural areas, rehabilitate housing in declining neighborhoods, revitalize commercial districts and provide facilities for a variety of needed services, such as health care clinics in underserved areas.  “The foundation of every community includes homes and a robust infrastructure that works for everyone,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “The importance of the CDBG program cannot be overstated in meeting the most pressing needs of communities, enhancing the well-being of Virginians and fostering positive transformations in economic landscapes.”  “Community Development Block Grants allow us to offer targeted support to community-identified needs, from housing rehabilitation to water and sewer improvements,”  said Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Bryan Horn. “By investing in our communities, we are supporting them in the unique ways that they need, with solutions that include their unique voices, all while protecting vulnerable populations and building stronger local economies.”  The funded projects will leverage over $7 million in additional federal, state, local and private funding resources.  A full list of the 2023 CDBG awarded projects can be found here

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