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VDH link to register for COVID vaccination

People living in homeless shelters are at increased risk because homeless services are often provided in congregate settings, which could facilitate the spread of infection. Because many people who are homeless are older adults or have underlying medical conditions, they may also be at increased risk for severe illness. Those living in homeless shelters and homeless shelter workers will receive the vaccine through the local health departments. Please register here: COVID-19 Vaccine – Virginia COVID-19 Vaccine

Self-care Support for Providers

Please Join Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) on Wednesday, January 20, from 11am-12pm Pacific, as they launch their live monthly webinar and podcast series on provider well-being and self-care featuring Aleks Martin, MSW, LSWAIC, SUDP of A/M Consulting & Clinical Services.

Live sessions will be held on the third Wednesday of the month, January-August, from 11:00am to 12:00pm Pacific, starting Wednesday, January 20. Podcasts will be released the following week.

Learn more here.

Housing Provider Survey H.B. 854 Statewide Housing Study

Virginia Housing Programs and Policies Survey – Online Surveys | QuestionPro Survey

What is HB 854?


House Resolution HB 854 contains language directing Virginia Housing and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to conduct a study of state policies and programs which influence the creation and preservation of affordable housing. HB 854 passed both houses of the General Assembly with unanimous support in the 2020 regular session.

HousingForward Virginia is assisting Virginia Housing and DHCD with this effort, which requires significant engagement with practitioners and advocates across the commonwealth to understand how current housing initiatives may or may not be fully addressing community needs.
 Per the bill’s requirements, a Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) of housing experts from across the state was assembled to guide this effort. The SAG is the primary body that will produce the study and make final recommendations to the General Assembly.

What is the purpose of this survey? This survey is your organization’s opportunity to provide detailed and meaningful feedback on any and all state-administered housing funds, policies, and programs you use. We are also interested in learning how the need for racial equity and COVID-19 recovery efforts have affected the affordable housing arena. Once tallied and anonymized, your responses will be used by the SAG to educate policymakers and influence policy changes.

Invitations to this survey will be sent to nonprofit housing organizations, homeless service providers, housing developers, banks and lenders, real estate professionals, public housing authorities, and local governments. Each respondent will answer a series of common questions, along with prompts specific to their industry sector. 


 How long will this survey take to complete? We expect this survey to take approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
 How long will this survey be available? This survey will remain online until December 31, 2020.

 
 How else can my organization be involved? We are looking for practitioners to participate in focus groups throughout January and February of next year. These focus groups will take deeper dives into housing issues based on the results of this survey. If you are interested in helping, there is a question at the beginning of the survey where you can agree to participate, and get notified in January when meetings are planned.


When will HB 854 be completed? A full report will be completed in the fall of 2021. Per HB 854’s requirements, it will include a full analysis of existing policies and programs (using knowledge gained from this survey), assessments of potential new housing programs, and a quantitative determination of the quality and quantity of affordable housing in the commonwealth.

Here is the link to the survey

Virginia Housing Programs and Policies Survey – Online Surveys | QuestionPro Survey

Notice of Funding Opportunity

VHDA Capacity Building Grant Tier 3 – Program Enhancement & Evaluation

 Funding Purpose:

REACH Virginia FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: VHDA reinvests a portion of our net revenues into Virginia’s communities through REACH Virginia (Resources Enabling Affordable Community Housing in Virginia). This is a multifaceted resource that VHDA uses to support vital housing initiatives through our Homeownership, Rental and Community Outreach programs.

The intent of the Tier 3 Capacity Building Grant  – Program Enhancement & Evaluation is to fund non-profit organizations seeking to enhance a current program to result in better outcomes.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Organizations must be physically located in Virginia.
  2. The organization cannot be an emerging organization. The organization must have:
  3. At a minimum, five years of operations.
  4. Engaged leadership, staff, and volunteers.
  5. Ability to demonstrate fiscal soundness and measurable program outcomes.
  6. The organization must carry out at least one of the following housing-related mission:
  7. Creating economically integrated and inclusive housing opportunities including affordable housing, workforce housing, mixed-income housing, and/or community-based housing options for people with disabilities and/or
  8. Planning and Community Development to include significant attention to housing planning needs throughout Virginia, and/or
  9. Providing services and/or educational opportunities in order to further affordable housing.
  10. The organization must align with VHDA’s mission of Helping Virginians Attain Quality, Affordable Housing, and VHDA’s Strategic Direction.

 Program Parameters:

Approved agencies must comply with the VHDA Capacity Building Handbook. Click the document below for a detailed explanation of the scope, disbursement, and reporting requirements.

This program is an eighteen (18) month intensive process where organizations will analyze up to three existing programs and take a deep dive evaluating the inefficiencies of and improving one program. Working with a VHDA-approved consultant, organizations will evaluate program outcomes, identify and implement technology solutions; and receive an action plan to address other programs.

Application Process:

Agencies seeking funding should apply to VHDA’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) using VHDA’s Grants Management System at https://vhdagrants.com/. For questions concerning this program or assistance with application submission, contact Frank Curbeira, Strategic Housing Officer, at (804) 343-5818.

Application Requirements:

Interested applicants must submit a Pre-Application by February 28.  VHDA will select up to four (4) applicants to work with the Program Enhancement Consultants to complete the full application prior to April 30.

  • Proposed Budget – Maximum request allowed is $172,000.00 (up to $100,000 for eligible agency expenses and $72,000 for the three consultants).  Awards are based on the availability of VHDA funding. 
  • Agency authorized official certification
  • ACH
  • W9
  • Organizational Chart
  • 501(c)3 determination letter
  • Prior year’s audited financial statements, prior year’s reviewed financial statements, or two years of financial statements
  • Travel policy
  • Program Enhancement Engagement Certification
  • VHDA Tier II Post-assessment or completed assessments from 5 parties (two board members, two senior staff, and another person).  Assessments may be completed online at Assessment

Decision Process:

Funds will be awarded based on an assessment of the agency’s application and the availability of VHDA funds.

Selected agencies will receive a Grant Award Notification (GAN) and a Grant Agreement if approved for funds under the award. Agencies must return the signature page of the Grant Agreement to VHDA with signature by an authorized representative.

All applicants have the option to submit a request at vhdagrants@vhda.com for a debriefing within thirty (30) days of approval or denial.

Important Information/Dates

Deadline: Pre-application closes February 28, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Webinar Training:   

Date: 12/18/2020

Time: 10:00 AM

Updated WebEx link: https://virginiahousing.webex.com/virginiahousing/j.php?MTID=mf7f427ada2d50adc37b0cbce37e86605

Password: Capacity

Choices, Council on Domestic Violence for Page Co. Inc., seeks Executive Director

Choices, based in Luray, Virginia, provides free and confidential services to survivors of physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse, or rape. Services include safe shelter, referrals to community agencies, legal advocacy, financial planning and peer support. Choices also works to prevent domestic and sexual violence through educational outreach.

Choices is seeking an individual with strong skills in: program and budget planning & implementation, supervision and personnel management, grant writing & administration, and communications to serve as the Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to the governing Board of Directors. 

This is a full-time position. Benefits include paid health insurance, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, annual leave and retirement. Salary: $55,000 – $60,000 dependent on experience.


Education: Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in human services, administration or related field.


Experience: 3-5 years working in family service, with domestic and sexual violence, or related area.

A criminal background record check is required.  Send resume with references and cover letter describing why you are a good candidate to: Barbatchoices@gmail.com
Accepting applications through 12/4/2020.  

FY21 Homeless Assistance Grant Funding Announcement

Virginia Housing Homeless Assistance Grant – 2021 Don Ritenour Charity Golf Classic (FY22 Activity)

Funding Purpose: 

Since 1993, Virginia Housing has hosted the Don Ritenour Charity Golf Classic in order to bring awareness to and raise funds for organizations working to end homelessness in Virginia. Funds from the Don Ritenour Charity Golf Classic make this grant available.

The intent of the Virginia Housing Homeless Assistance Grant is to fund organizations that primarily serve families and individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals fleeing domestic violence as described in the HEARTH Act, and provide emergency shelter and/or permanent supporting housing services. Grant funds should be used to supplement an organization’s program, not be the sole source of funding. 

Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)3 non-profit organizations and local governments are eligible.

The organization must be physically located in the Commonwealth of Virginia and must provide one of the following services:

  • An emergency shelter serving individuals  and/or families experiencing homelessness
  • An emergency shelter serving victims fleeing domestic violence or human trafficking
  • Rapid rehousing serving homeless individuals and/or families
  • HUD-VASH, Grant and Per diem, or SSVF program serving homeless veterans

Program Parameters:

Approved organizations must comply with the Virginia Housing Homeless Assistance Program Handbook. Click the Handbook below for a detailed explanation of the scope of services allowed under this funding opportunity, disbursement and reporting requirements.

The period of performance for this funding opportunity is July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022.

Application Process:

Organizations seeking funding should apply to Virginia Housing’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) using Virginia Housing’s Grants Management System at https://vhdagrants.com/. For questions concerning this program or assistance with application submission, contact Sue Armstrong, Strategic Housing Officer, at 804-343-5550.

Application Requirements:

  • Program Goals
  • Proposed Budget- Proposed budgets must be in the amount of $20,000.00. Awards are based on the availability of Virginia Housing funding.
  • Agency authorized official certification
  • Certification from Continuum of Care or Balance of State Local Planning Group lead agency
  • Point-in-time Count
  • Organizational Chart
  • 501(c)3 determination letter
  • Financial statements – an independent financial audit must be submitted with the application
  • Travel policy
  • Indirect cost rate documentation
WebEx Presentation Application Overview      FY21 Homeless Assistance Guidelines & Application Process Date: Thursday, November 12th Time: 11:00 am Join meeting https://virginiahousing.webex.com/virginiahousing/j.php?MTID=m214832d9701f50e533cc3c62f40b3066    

Harrisonburg City Comprehensive Housing Study Virtual Public Meeting

Harrisonburg City’s consultants will host a virtual public meeting on Thursday, November 19 from 6 to 7:30pm to present findings of the initial draft of the City’s Comprehensive Housing Assessment & Market Study.

The community will be able to engage, watch, and listen in the following ways:

  • Watching on a computer or mobile device via GoToWebinar. Register in advance at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4677783570708996623 – Webinar ID: 281-556-371.
  • Calling in to listen by phone at +1 (951) 384-3421, Access Code 484-931-436.
  • Watching the meeting live on Public Education Government Channel 3.

Please feel free to share this information with colleagues, neighbors and other members of our community.  

For more information on the Harrisonburg Comprehensive Housing Assessment & Market Study, please visit the project site at www.harrisonburgva.gov/housing-study.

Virtual Speaker Series: Tuesday, October 27th

All Housing Coalition members are invited to hear from Pamela Kestner, Chief Deputy, Acting Deputy Director of Housing, Department of Housing and Community Development. Pamela will be speaking on the state of housing including the role of DHCD, updates on the most recent special session budget, the Governor’s priorities in housing, and how we can locally advocating for affordable housing and strategies to address homelessness.

The meeting with be via ZOOM. The event is FREE, but registration is REQUIRED – see below.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Oct 27, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrd-yqpjsvGtHopVSW6h0G8TP7rDnca2Aq

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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People Inc. Rent and Mortgage Relief Program

The Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) helps eligible households who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic avoid eviction or foreclosure on their homes. Assistance includes payments past due beginning April 2020 and onward. Payments will be made directly to the landlord or mortgage lending institution.

People Inc. is offering the RMRP in:

  • City of Bristol
  • Buchanan County
  • City of Winchester
  • Clarke County
  • Culpeper County
  • Dickenson County
  • Fauquier County
  • Frederick County
  • Madison County
  • Orange County
  • Page County
  • Rappahannock County
  • Russell County
  • Shenandoah County

Households that have already received assistance may reapply if there is further need. Proof of lease or mortgage will be required. People Inc. will help determine eligibility for the program.

People Inc. Rent and Mortgage Relief Program

Tazewell County Warren County Washington County

Call: 833-437-0114 Visit: www.dhcd.virginia.gov/rmrp

Funding provided by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development