Monthly Archives: January 2016

Virginia to receive more than $120.5 million from National Disaster Resilience Competition

Governor Terry McAuliffe joined U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julian Castro today to announce that Virginia will receive more than $120.5 million through HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).

Speaking about today’s announcement at an event in Norfolk, Governor McAuliffe said, “These funds will significantly aid our work to protect the economic vitality and quality of life in areas like Hampton Roads by preparing now for the real impacts of climate change and sea level rise. I want to thank HUD for this important grant and all of the Virginia leaders, including Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, who advocated for our application. I look forward to working with our federal, state and local partners to prepare every community to meet these historic challenges.”

Virginia competed with 40 other communities nationwide affected by natural disasters in recent years for funding from HUD’s $1 billion competition. The competition will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events, including climate change.

“This federal funding is great news for Hampton Roads and a testament to the hard work of the region’s municipalities, academic institutions like ODU and VIMS, Naval Station Norfolk, and leaders across the Commonwealth,” said Senator Tim Kaine.  “I’m proud of the bipartisan work we’ve done to address the impacts of sea level rise in Hampton Roads, and I’ll continue serving as a loud voice in the Senate on the importance of combating climate change before its effects on our communities and military installations become even more extreme.”

“Sea levels are rising faster in Norfolk than almost anywhere else in the U.S., and recurrent flooding continues to damage the communities and homes in the region,” Senator Warner said. “By helping communities incorporate innovative policies to address the many challenges presented by extreme weather, we can create long-lasting resilience to protect Hampton Roads against the very real threat of climate change.”

“As home to some of the largest military installations in the world, Hampton Roads must remain prepared and vigilant to deal with the risks associated with living on a coast,” said Congressman Scott Rigell. “I appreciate the partnership among state, local, national and private-sector leaders to ensure that our region remains the best place to open or grow a command or business.  I am glad this urgent matter has received bipartisan attention.”

“This federal grant is a down payment toward preparing for and alleviating the risk of climate change to Hampton Roads,” added Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott.  “Our success in securing this critical federal funding demonstrates that by working together, our Commonwealth will be able to meet this challenge.”

In November 2015, Kaine, Warner, Scott and Rigell sent a bipartisan letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in support of Virginia’s application for NDRC grant funding.

Throughout the NDRC application process, Virginia created an innovative living-with-water approach called “thRIVe: Resilience in Virginia.” The goal of this plan is to unite the region, create coastal resilience, build water management solutions, improve economic vitality and strengthen vulnerable neighborhoods. This comprehensive approach is designed to capitalize on the region’s strengths, convert risks and vulnerabilities into economic opportunities, and demonstrate best practices for at-risk areas nationwide. Participation in Virginia’s effort has been broadly based, bringing together multiple state and federal agencies, local governments, institutions of higher education, community groups, residents and private-sector partners.

“Resilience, like homeland security, is a ‘whole of community’ endeavor,” said Virginia’s Chief Resilience Officer and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.  “I am very proud of the multidisciplinary, multijurisdictional team that worked throughout 2015 to develop this winning grant application.”

“These funds will enable much-needed resilience strategies at the local and regional level that we hope to replicate throughout the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward. “I am proud that this collaborative effort will produce real solutions to some of the most pressing problems that climate change presents.”

“An essential quality for sustained growth in any community is resiliency,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “We are excited about this announcement, as it will enable us to continue to work on positioning our communities to withstand challenges and to further economic growth.”


Governor McAuliffe Announces more than $6.9 million in Housing Trust Funds

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today more than $6.9 million in Housing Trust Fund grants and loans for the Homeless Reduction Grant and the Competitive Loan Program. Twenty-three projects will receive grants through these two programs of the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. The Trust Fund is intended to create and preserve affordable housing and to reduce homelessness in the Commonwealth. The biennial budget for fiscal years 2015-16 allocated $4 million in the first year and $4 million to fund activities through the Trust Fund. This follows the 2013-14 biennial budget, which allocated $8 million to create the Trust Fund.

Speaking about today’s announcement at an event in Arlington, Governor McAuliffe said, “Building a new Virginia economy means expanding economic security and opportunity to Virginians from every walk of life – and access to secure and affordable housing is an essential part of that effort.  The Virginia Housing Trust Fund uses innovative funding tools to promote affordable housing and homelessness prevention across the Commonwealth. I am proud to award these grants and watch them work to improve real people’s lives and grow our economy.”

“Safe, affordable housing is the foundation of a strong community and a key component of any economic development strategy for catalyzing job growth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “This funding will help our communities provide that foundation, which is vital to creating a place for people to live, go to school, work and do business.”

The Competitive Loan Pool is intended to create and preserve affordable housing units within the Commonwealth. The program provides assistance in the form of loans to projects that will meet local affordable housing needs and support the state housing policy. In total, 31 applications were submitted, totaling almost $18 million in requested loans. Eleven projects are being funded and will create or preserve nearly 550 affordable housing units.

The Homeless Reduction Grant program through the Virginia Housing Trust Fund is designed to reduce homelessness within Virginia. The program provides assistance to projects that address homelessness needs in the Commonwealth and supports the state housing policy. The projects are expected to decrease the length of time individuals experience homelessness, decrease the number of new incidents of homelessness and decrease the number of individuals returning to homelessness. Nearly $1.8 million was requested from 22 applicants for the program.

2015 Virginia Housing Trust Fund Competitive Loan Pool:

Organization Project Name Locality Amount
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing Columbia Hills East Arlington County $750,000
Community Residences Inc. Community Residences Independent Permanent Supportive Housing Program Fairfax County $456,288
Pathways Homes Inc. Pathways Homes Permanent Supportive Housing First Program Fairfax County $600,000
Virginia Supportive Housing New Clay House II City of Richmond $750,000
Rush Lifetime Homes Inc. Old Forest Village City of Lynchburg $428,903
HEGM Corporation Ada Park City of Newport News $289,304
The Community Builders Church Hill North Phase 1B Seniors City of Richmond $750,000
Second Act Communities SM (formerly known as Virginia Housing Corporation) Cypress Landing City of Chesapeake $600,000
Community Housing Partners Powell Valley Village Apartments Lee County $235,690
Community Housing Inc. Brookland Park Plaza City of Richmond $500,000
Wesley Housing Development Corporation Lewinsville Senior Residences Fairfax County $644,576
TOTAL: $6,004,761


2015 Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grants:

Organization Service Area Amount
3E Restoration Inc. Cities of Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News and Poquoson, and James City and York counties $100,000
ForKids Inc. Cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake and Suffolk $81,265
HomeAgain City of Richmond and Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Charles City, New Kent, Powhatan and Goochland counties $100,000
Micah Ecumenical Ministries City of Fredericksburg and Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties $100,000
New River Community Action Inc. City of Radford and Giles, Floyd, Montgomery and Pulaski counties $30,000
Northern Virginia Family Service Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and Prince William County $100,000
People Incorporated of Virginia City of Bristol and Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Tazewell and Washington counties $47,400
Samaritan Housing Inc. City of Virginia Beach $100,000
St. Joseph’s Villa Cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell and Petersburg, and Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Surry and Sussex counties $50,000
St. Joseph’s Villa City of Richmond and Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Charles City, New Kent, Powhatan and Goochland counties $50,000
The Planning Council Cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake and Suffolk $99,935
Virginia Supportive Housing City of Richmond and Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Charles City, New Kent, Powhatan and Goochland counties $100,000
TOTAL: $958,600

Governor McAuliffe announces $196,000 in Building Collaborative Communities Funding

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $196,000 in funding for five collaborative efforts in Virginia through the Building Collaborative Communities (BCC) program. The BCC program was introduced in 2012 and designed to assist regions in creating and sustaining new economic opportunities across Virginia. The program promotes regional economic collaboration in economically distressed areas that stimulates job creation, economic development, and provides a significant return on state investment.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Successful regional partnerships have been created and prospered through the Building Collaborative Communities program.  Regional collaboration is a key in our efforts to build a new Virginia economy, and we continue to see the impact it has on building strong and sustainable communities throughout the Commonwealth.”

Economic research shows that in areas around the country where localities work together cooperatively, the promotion of  a sense of place, business growth and leveraging additional funding for regional economic development initiatives account for approximately 76 to 92 percent of new jobs. Quality of life indicators such as income disparity between localities, area median income and job creation are more positive in areas that interact on a regional level. Regional, community-based strategies that capitalize upon the unique assets of communities offer stronger opportunities for success and long-term sustainability.

“The communities with the highest functioning team are the ones that experience economic growth and prosperity,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “Collaborative efforts represent the best opportunity for this growth in all regions of the Commonwealth.”

Selected projects will focus on and facilitate significant involvement from the private sector, economic development agencies, community organizations, educational institutions, nonprofits, local leaders and governmental officials.  Today’s announcement was made in Kilmarnock for the Northern Neck High-Tech Center.

“The Northern Neck High-Tech Center holds the promise of benefiting our region by highlighting its potential in the 21st-century economy,” noted Senator Ryan T. McDougle. “This grant is further evidence of the viability of this project and an important initiative to bring jobs to the Northern Neck region.”

“I am appreciative of the administration’s investment in the Northern Neck region and look forward to seeing ta long-term, viable High-Tech Center with new jobs,” said Delegate Margaret Ransone.

The following projects were awarded funding through the Building Collaborative Communities program:

Applicant and Localities Targeted Project Name Award Offer
New River Valley Planning District

(Counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and the city of Radford)

New River Valley Regional Tourism      $25,000
Northern Neck Planning District

(Counties of Westmoreland, Richmond, Lancaster and Northumberland and the towns of Colonial Beach, Montross, Warsaw, Kilmarnock, White Stone and Irvington)

Northern Neck High-Tech Center      $70,000
Northern Shenandoah Valley Collaborative

(Counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren and the towns of  Berryville, Boyce, Edinburg, Front Royal, Luray, Middletown, Mount Jackson, New Market, Shenandoah, Stanley, Strasburg, Stephens City, Toms Brook and Woodstock and the city of Winchester)

Northern Shenandoah Valley Collaborative      $40,000
Roanoke Regional Partnership

(Counties of Botetourt, Franklin and Roanoke, the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the town of Vinton)

Western Virginia Regional Industrial Facility Authority      $36,000
West Piedmont Planning District Commission

(Counties of Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania; cities of Danville and Martinsville and the towns of Boones Mill, Rocky Mount, Chatham, Gretna, Hurt, Ridgeway and Stuart)

West Piedmont Planning District Regional Strategic Plan      $25,000