Virginia Housing

The following agencies operate on behalf of Virginia Housing

Agency Serves
Bay Aging 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 Caroline County, 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
Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services Chesterfield County
City of Winchester Housing Choice Voucher Program Office Winchester
Clinch Valley Community Action Russell County, Tazewell County
Dickenson County Rental Assistance 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
Housing Connections Craig County, Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County
Nelson County Community Development Foundation Amherst County, Appomattox County, Nelson County
Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Culpeper County, Fauquier County, Madison County, Orange County, Rappahannock 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
York County Housing Office
About Virginia Housing

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Virginia Housing provides affordable housing for up to 9,737 low and moderate income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program..

Housing Authority Jurisdiction

Low-income housing managed by Virginia Housing is located in Virginia

Households with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher managed by this housing authority must rent within its jurisdiction.

About the Virginia Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Virginia Housing manages 8,396 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 7,919 3 13 43 64 279 67
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $736 $603 $1,236 $538 $1,213 $703 $750
Monthly Cost $5,828,689 $1,810 $16,071 $23,132 $77,627 $196,197 $50,264
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.