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Virginia Housing

601 South Belvidere Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Virginia Housing is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

Virginia Housing serves Virginia.

Virginia Housing was previously known as the Virginia Housing Development Authority. There are 31 agencies that manage the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program for Virginia Housing in 64 of the 95 counties in the State of Virginia. A list of all participating agencies can be found here. Waiting list information for each agency can be found below.


The following agencies operate on behalf of Virginia Housing:

Agency Serves
Bay Aging Housing Essex County, Gloucester County, King and Queen County, King William County, Mathews County, Middlesex County
Buchanan County Board of Supervisors Buchanan County
Campbell County Department of Social Services and Rental Assistance Office Campbell County
Central Virginia Housing Coalition Fauquier County, King George County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County
Central Virginia Resource Corporation - Main Amelia County, Caroline County, Charles City County, Chesterfield County, Cumberland County, Fluvanna County, Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, King and Queen County, King William County, Louisa County, New Kent County, Powhatan County
Central Virginia Resource Corporation - Prince George Dinwiddie County, Hopewell City, Prince George County, Sussex County
City of Winchester Housing Choice Voucher Program Office Winchester
Clinch Valley Community Action Russell County, Tazewell County
Dickenson County Rental Assistance Office Dickenson County
Fluvanna-Louisa County Housing Foundation Fluvanna County, Louisa County
Hanover Community Services Board Hanover County
Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services Charles City County, Henrico County, New Kent County
Nelson County Community Development Foundation Amherst County, Appomattox County, Nelson County
Pembroke Management Inc - Craig and Giles Craig County, Giles County
Pembroke Management Inc - Floyd and Montgomery Floyd County, Montgomery County
Pembroke Management Inc - Pulaski Pulaski County
Rockbridge Area Rental Assistance Office Rockbridge County
Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program Carroll County, Grayson County
Shenandoah County Department of Social Services Page County, Shenandoah County, Warren County
Step Inc Bedford County, Franklin County, Patrick County
Sussex County Housing Office Greensville County, Surry County, Sussex County

About Virginia Housing

More information about Virginia Housing can be found on its website at

Representatives of Virginia Housing may be available by phone at (804) 782-1986. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 08/04/2020, it is not known if Virginia Housing is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

About the Virginia Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Virginia Housing manages 8,550 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 8,051 5 40 94 275 74
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $692 $495 $571 $1,141 $685 $818
Monthly Cost $5,572,450 $2,477 $22,820 $107,276 $188,487 $60,516

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Virginia Housing

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 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 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.