COVID-19 DHCD Resources and Funding

DHCD is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and exploring all available resources to assist Virginians. 

Homelessness and Housing Crisis Resources

Those experiencing homelessness or other housing crisis should contact their local crisis assistance hotline. Virginia announces temporary moratorium on evictions.

Homeless Shelter Guidance and Provider Resources

DHCD has created a COVID-19 quick reference guide for Virginia's homeless shelters, as well as hotels and motels that are being used as temporary shelter for the homeless population.

GO Virginia Economic Resilience and Recovery Program

The Growth and Opportunity for Virginia Board approved a policy to implement the GO VA Economic Resilience and Recovery Grant Program for up to $14.66 million in GO Virginia competitive funds to be dedicated statewide, and each GO Virginia regional council may apply for up to $1 million to support strategic initiatives in response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDBG Resources in Response to COVID-19

DHCD is making available current CDBG funding to small cities, towns and rural counties to respond to local needs related to COVID-19 response. DHCD is also closely monitoring availability of funding for all localities through the recently passed CARES Act (federal stimulus) and will post additional details when this funding becomes available. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will assist units of local government and communities in response to the health and economic impact of COVID-19 by supporting planning grant, open submission and urgent need recovery activities.

COVID-19 FAQS, Updates and Resources for Local Building Departments

DHCD has created a page dedicated to FAQs, resources and updates for local Building Departments.

Indoor/Outdoor Dining Building and Fire Code FAQs

This document has been developed by DHCD to assist Virginia Department of Health (VDH) inspectors, interested local building departments and other interested stakeholders, by providing unofficial guidance (staff opinions) in applying the Executive Order 61 and 65 guidelines related to indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Virginia Main Street Resources

As Main Street communities and localities continue to face difficulties during the ever-developing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be compiling resources that are shared and updating this page regularly. DHCD will be offering grants to immediately address the needs of local, small, independently owned businesses within the Virginia Main Street designated community’s districts that have been facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 Broadband Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Virginian's ability to work, access healthcare and education, and has magnified the digital divide more than ever before. The Commonwealth Connect team has launched a webpage to provide information about what both the federal government and Virginia's ISPs are doing in response to the crisis.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DHCD will be offering a mortgage forbearance program for multifamily loans provided through the DHCD’s Affordable and Special Needs Housing Program (formerly the Affordable Housing Production and Preservation program). 

COVID-19 Additional Resources

Check out additional resources for the COVID-19 crisis.

Governor Northam's COVID-19 website

Get the latest information on COVID-19 in Virginia.

If you have been financially impacted by COVID-19, explore these resources. Federal and state protections are now in place to help renters and homeowners unable to make their monthly payments due to COVID-19.

Virginia Department of Health

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is providing the latest on cases of COVID-19 in Virginia.

Virginia COVID-19 Resources

The Virginia Department of Social Services has created a one-stop website for all resources available to Virginians in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Check out the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DHCD Partners For Better Communities Podcast

DHCD  has a podcast, "Partners For Better Communities," to showcase how we work together to create safe, affordable and prosperous communities. Currently, the agency has been utilizing this platform to share information and highlight ways DHCD is assisting and providing support to Virginians. More episodes will be released each week to share resources and information.

Virginia Navigator

VirginiaNavigator provides free information for older Virginians, veterans, people with disabilities and their families.

Virginia SBDC Business Recovery Resources

As Virginia businesses and communities look forward to safely reopen, the Virginia SBDC network, and your local SBDC, have developed the Business Recovery webpage to help owners carefully plan for and execute their businesses’  new strategy.

Virginia Poverty Law Center COVID-19 Legal Response in Virginia

The Virginia Poverty Law Center has created a website dedicated to COVID-19 Legal Response in Virginia.