January 26, 2016

Housing Search Site Helps Housing and Community Development Office

Today’s post originally appeared in VML’s Virginia Town and City Magazine.

VirginiaHousingSearch.com is a free online housing locator service, sponsored by the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA). Now in its sixth year of services, the website contains detailed information about more than 108,300 rental properties throughout Virginia, and helps people find the housing that best fits their needs. More than 2,500 landlords, property managers and owners use the site as well, to promote their properties at no cost to them.

Virginia Housing Search recently partnered with the Prince William County Housing and Community Development Office to help tenants find housing, and help landlords fill vacancies within the county. The results were impressive.

“Our agency used to provide a paper referral listing to our clients,” said Amanda Harris, Housing Program Specialist Supervisor. “Owners would complete a unit data form, which our front desk personnel would have to put on a spreadsheet, which we would have to continually update every Monday. Since the VirginiaHousingSearch.com website became available, we no longer use our old process for referrals. This has been a tremendous relief for our front desk staff as they can better utilize their time to assist our clients. The system is very user-friendly and it has been a success!”

For information about Virginia Housing Search, contact Community Outreach Specialist Mario Wells at 804-343-5541 or mario.wells@vhda.com.

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