Since our creation in 1972 by the Virginia General Assembly, VHDA has helped Virginians attain quality, affordable housing through public-private partnerships with local governments, community service organizations, lenders, developers and others. We provide mortgages for first-time homebuyers, as well as financing for apartment communities and neighborhood revitalization efforts. We teach free homebuyer classes, support housing counseling, and help people with disabilities and the elderly make their homes more livable. We also administer the federal Housing Choice Voucher and Housing Credit programs in Virginia. VHDA is self-supporting and receives no state taxpayer dollars to fund its programs. Instead, we raise money in the capital markets, and we contribute a significant portion of our net revenues each year to help meet Virginia’s housing needs.

With this blog, we hope to generate thoughtful conversation and share valuable resources with our readers. Follow our posts as we delve deeper into:

  • Strengthening capacity – We’ll examine organizational development, training opportunities, planning grants and involvement with emerging markets and faith-based organizations.
  • Community investment - We’ll help identify and secure potential financing sources such as VHDA rental financing, low-income and historic tax credit equity and DHCD / VCC / Federal Home Loan Bank resources.
  • Housing with services – We’ll discuss housing blended with supportive services to help vulnerable populations, such as the frail elderly, disabled and homeless, to live in their communities.
  • Neighborhood transformation – We’ll focus on urban planning practices, revitalization techniques, case study successes, walkability and effective design.
  • Homeownership education – We’ll provide homebuyers, Realtors® and lenders with insights and ideas to help make the homebuying process smoother, easier to understand and more accessible.
  • Housing regulation and policy – We’ll share VHDA’s perspectives on legislative issues surrounding housing, and how changes in public policy affect our various initiatives and processes.
  • Statistics and trends – We’ll consider a variety of housing-related statistics, trends and observations.

Posts are written by VHDA associates who draw from their wide-ranging knowledge and hands-on experience with housing finance and community development. We also accept third-party submissions from our community partners for consideration as guest postings. Email us at communications@vhda.com for more details. 

We look forward to receiving your comments, questions and suggestions for future topics.