About Virginia Housing Development Authority

The Virginia Housing Development Authority is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Richmond, Virginia.

The Virginia Housing Development Authority serves the state of Virginia.

Virginia Housing Development Authority Waiting Lists

Amherst, Appomattox, and Nelson County, Virginia Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Nelson Community Development Foundation (NCDF) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day only in February 2016, and prior to that in October 2014.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in Amherst, Appomattox, or Nelson County, VA.

For more information, call the NCDF office at (434) 263-8074.

Last Updated on 02/09/2017.

Russell and Tazewell County, Virginia Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Clinch Valley Community Action (CVCA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day only in January 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the Counties of Russell and Tazewell, VA. 

For more information, call the CVCA office at (276) 988-5583.

Last Updated on 02/09/2017.

Caroline, Fauquier, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford County; and the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Central Virginia Housing Coalition (CVHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen. 

For more information, call the CVHC office at  (540) 604-9943.

Last Updated on 02/09/2017.

Craig, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski County Virginia Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

Pembroke Management Inc (PM) covers the Counties of Craig, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski, VA.

The Pembroke Management Inc Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day only in January 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the service area, live in Virginia, disabled, elderly.

For more information, call the PM office at (540) 921-1392.

Last Updated on 02/09/2017.

Rockbridge County; and the City of Buena Vista, and City of Lexington, Virginia Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Rockbridge Area Rental Assistance Office (RARAO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day only in February 2016, and prior to that in November 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

This waiting list has the follwing preferences: Live or work in Rockbridge County, the City of Buena Vista, and the City of Lexington, VA.

For more information, visit the RARAO website, or call the office at (540) 463-5303.

Last Updated on 02/09/2017.

Buchanan County, Virginia Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Buchanan County Board of Supervisors (BCBS) covers Buchanan County, VA.

The Buchanan County Board of Supervisors Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in February 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live, work, or have been hired to work in Buchanan County.

For more information, call the BCBS office at (276) 935-6243.

Last Updated on 02/16/2017.

Carroll and Grayson County; and Galax City, Virginia Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program (RVCAP) covers the Counties of Carroll, and Grayson, VA, and Galax City, VA.

The Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in February 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the service area, live in Virginia.

For more information, call the RVCAP office at (276) 935-6243.

Last Updated on 02/21/2017.

Campbell County, Virginia Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Campbell Department of Social Services and Rental Assistance Office (CDSSRAO) covers Campbell County, VA.

The Campbell Department of Social Services and Rental Assistance Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in February 2017; and prior to that for one day in January 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live, work or have been hired to work in Campbell County, VA.

For more information, call the CDSSRAO office at (434) 592-9585.

Last Updated on 02/23/2017.

Dickenson County, Virginia Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Dickenson Rental Assistance Office (DRAO) covers Dickenson County, VA.

The Dickenson Rental Assistance Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in February 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in Dickenson County.

For more information, call the DRAO office at (276) 926-1674.

Last Updated on 02/28/2017.


About the Virginia Housing Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Virginia Housing Development Authority manages 9,041 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 8,497 6 79 130 242 70
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $632 $489 $603 $941 $622 $697
Monthly Cost $5,366,595 $2,934 $47,626 $122,310 $150,591 $48,802

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Virginia Housing Development Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 9% having issued approximately 1,015 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 34 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $12,696 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 78% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 67% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

46% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 43% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

58% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 55% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Virginia Housing Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 46% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

43% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 13% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Virginia Housing Development Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $323 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $719. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $125.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.