Diggs Town Phase l, 3 and 4-Bedroom, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List opened on June 27, 2024 and will close on July 29, 2024.

Lorena Bentley

Analysis by Lorena Bentley

Last Updated: June, 28th 2024

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This waiting list is for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher rental housing assistance in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) is accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program waiting list applications for Diggs Town Phase l Apartments from June 27, 2024 at 9:00 am, until July 29, 2024 at 4:00 pm ET. This is the first time the waiting list has been open since it closed in February, 2024.

This waiting list is for the following property:

  • Diggs Town Phase 1 - located at 1619 Vernon Drive in Norfolk, Virginia.

Requirements for Residency: The head of household and all household members 18 years or older (with the exception of full-time students) must be employed a minimum of 15 hours per week for a minimum of six months unless elderly or disabled or the primary caretaker of a blind person or a disabled person as defined by the Social Security Act. 

Income Qualification

Income limits can be found on the NRHA Public Notice page.

Preferences

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selection Process

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list, by order of preferences.

Application Method

To apply while the waitlist is open, complete the online application.

For more information, visit the NRHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the NRHA public notice on June 27, 2024.

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Diggs Town Phase l, 3 and 4-Bedroom, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Application Methods

The application may be completed online at https://nrha.myhousing.com/.

Diggs Town Phase l, 3 and 4-Bedroom, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Applicant Preferences

Diggs Town Phase l, 3 and 4-Bedroom, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program has preferences for: Preferences Unconfirmed. Preferences are not required but Section 8 Project-Based Voucher applicants that meet these criteria will be moved up the waiting list.

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Diggs Town Phase l, 3 and 4-Bedroom, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is managed by Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority provides affordable housing for up to 7,785 low- and moderate-income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.

This housing agency serves Norfolk, Virginia.

What should I do after applying to the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list?

After applying, it's a good practice to keep a record of any application that you submit. This will help you keep track of your application, and is especially useful if you apply to multiple waiting lists. You can do this easily with a document on your computer or mobile device, and also with a notebook or piece of paper.

Make sure to write down your application or confirmation number with the application details. This number will be important to reference in the future. Once you have this information written, keep it stored in a place that's easy to access when you need it.

With this information safely stored, all you have left to do is wait to find out if you've been selected for the waiting list.

When will I know if I've been selected for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list?

Depending on the area, it may take weeks or even months to know if you've been selected for the waiting list. Your wait for an announcement is usually the longest in areas with large populations and a high demand for housing assistance.

Check if the public notice states when the housing authority plans to announce the results, or how long it may take to review applications. Contact the housing authority if this information isn't available.

How do I know if I've been added to the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list?

Once all applications are reviewed, the housing authority will either contact everyone who has been placed on the waiting list, or message everyone who applied to check their results.

The housing authority will use the contact information you give in the application to reach you (usually by mail, email, or phone). For this reason, it is very important to put valid contact information on your application. Make sure you keep your contact information up to date, and that you respond quickly if any further action is required.

If you don't get contacted by the housing authority, it might mean that you were not chosen for the waiting list. Sometimes, housing authorities do not contact applicants who were not placed on the waiting list. Check with the housing authority for confirmation.

How can I check my status on the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list?

To check your status on the waiting list, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or visit the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to check your status.

Some housing authorities will give your spot on the waiting list, but others might only confirm that you're still on the waiting list. Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when checking your status.

How do I update my application for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list?

To update your waiting list application, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or submit a form to the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to update your application.

Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when updating your application.

When can I apply for a Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list that is open now?

You have a limited time to apply for a waiting list that is open now, before it closes on the date announced by the housing authority. The housing authority is accepting applications until the waiting list closes.

For the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list, how do I apply online?

To apply online, an electronic form must be submitted to the housing authority on the internet. Many online applications require an account to be created to log in, and also a valid email address.

Who has a Section 8 voucher already?

If you are considering applying for a voucher, you may be interested to know who already has a voucher, and what the households tend to look like. Fortunately, we can provide some helpful statistics using HUD's 2023 Picture of Subsidized Households. The following data describes the economic and demographic characteristics of renters who have a Section or project-based voucher issued by Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

How many renters have a Section 8 voucher with Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority?

At the start of 2024, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority was managing 5,234 Section 8 vouchers. Of the total number of vouchers managed, there were 4,292 households with a voucher. This represents 82% of the total voucher allotment for Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

According to HUD, there is a total of 9,916 people living in households with a Section 8 voucher issued by Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, with the average number of people per household being 2.

How long did current Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 households wait for their voucher?

The 4,292 households with a Section 8 voucher at the start of 2024 waited on average 46 months to receive their voucher. Of those voucher-holding households, 472 got their voucher in the last year. This represents 11 percent of voucher holders with vouchers issued by Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Are there any Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 vouchers not issued to renters?

Though Section 8 voucher programs are over-subscribed across the nation with all programs having a waiting list, each month, each housing agency managing vouchers has vouchers that are not issued to renters. This can result from turnover in the program if someone with a voucher buys a home, sees an increase in their income, passes away, or otherwise discontinues the use of their voucher.

The time it takes to transfer voucher funding from one recipient to another can be many months. Managing the Section 8 waiting list, qualifying new voucher holders, and approving new homes or apartments takes time. In addition, in some areas, there is an extreme housing shortage or landlords may refuse to rent to persons using a Section 8 voucher to pay their rent. This results in longer than usual ramp-up times for new voucher holders.

The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program that this waiting list covers had 82% of its vouchers utilized by households with 18% unutilized at the start of 2024. This means that 942 Section 8 vouchers out of a total of 5,234 were in processing at the time HUD reported the data.

How many Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 households have children?

Of the 4,292 Section 8 voucher-holding households with the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 2,460 have at least one child. There are 52 two-parent households in the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority voucher program, and 2,408 single-parent households. There were 2,355 households with children with a female head of household.

How much do Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 households earn?

The average annual household income for Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher holders is $18,994 The average annual income per person is $8,334 The average voucher holder earns 24% of the local Area Median Income.

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority voucher household annual income
Annual Income Range ($) Number of Households % of Vouchers
Less than $5,000 300 7%
$5,000 - $9,999 343 8%
$10,000 - $14,999 1,416 33%
$15,000 - $19,999 601 14%
$20,000+ 1,631 38%

What is the source of income for Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 households?

Of all voucher holders, 2,041 (39%) receive the majority of their income from wages and/or business. 52 (1%) voucher-holding households receive the majority of their income from welfare programs like TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance. 2,879 (55%) voucher-holding households derive the majority of their income from some other source (other than wage or welfare).

How much does a Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 voucher pay for tenants?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program pays 70% of the cost of rent plus utilities for any household receiving the housing assistance.

For the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 program, the federal government is providing, on average, $955 per month to each household, for an average annual cost of $11,460. The program as a whole is paying landlords $4,098,860 per month, for an annual economic benefit to landlords of $49,186,320

How much does the average Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 tenant pay per month in rent?

HUD refers to the portion of rent paid by the Section 8 tenant as the Total Tenant Payment, or Family Expenditure.

For the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 HCV programs, the average family expenditure is $457 per month or $5,484 per year. The combined payment from all tenants in the program is $1,961,444 per month, which is $23,537,328 per year.

What is the average rent of a Section 8 apartment or home in the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority program?

The average total rent paid to Section 8 landlords is $1,412 per month which includes payment contributed by both tenant households and the federal government. This is a program-wide rent average across all bedroom size rentals.

What is the average utility cost paid by Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 renters?

The average cost of utilities for renters in this program is $232 per month. It is important to note this is not the actual cost renters will pay for utilities, but an estimate based on the energy cost estimates of the program.

What size are most Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 homes?

Of the 5,234 households with a Section 8 voucher, 773 (18%) live in a studio or one-bedroom unit, 1,888 (44%) rent a 2-bedroom rental home and 1,631 (38%) have a 3-bedroom or larger rental. 33% of Housing Choice Voucher recipients are overhoused with more bedrooms than people in the household.

What is the race and ethnicity of Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 households?

95% of Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program households have a minority head of household who is Black, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander; or of Hispanic ethnicity.

Racial/ethnic makeup of Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 tenants
Race Number of Households % of Households
Asian/Pacific Islander 43 1%
Black Non-Hispanic 3,949 92%
Native American/Alaskan 0 0%
White Non-Hispanic 215 5%
Black Hispanic 43 1%
White Hispanic 43 1%
Other Hispanic 43 1%

What are the ages of tenant heads of households in the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Section 8 HCV program?

Age Range of Head of Household Number of Households % of Households
Under 24 86 2%
25-50/td> 2,232 52%
51-61 858 20%
62-84 1,073 25%
85 or Older 43 1%