Eviction Prevention Assistance Program

** PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the large volume of pre-applications received, Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is suspending the pre-application process for the Eviction Prevention Assistance program effective noon on Tuesday, May 5. 

Case workers will continue to review and process pre-applications submitted before the cut-off deadline. Applicants will be contacted by phone for further screening. 

An announcement will be made if, and when, the pre-application process is reopened. Residents are encouraged to check this page periodically for updates.

​The Eviction Prevention Assistance program provides eligible low- and moderate-income renters in Virginia Beach who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 with a one-time, short-term rental assistance to prevent evictions. The program provides limited assistance with rental arrears and rental payments. It does not provide mortgage assistance.

All housing assistance programs are subject to availability of funding, program guidelines, regulations and requirements, and income guidelines as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which are subject to change at any time at the discretion of HUD and may affect applicant eligibility and or benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Household's total gross annual income cannot exceed 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), adjusted for family size, as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), at the time of application (see chart below). From April 29 – May 15, priority will be given to households who have a gross annual income of 0-50% AMI. 
​# of Persons in Household
​1
2​
​3
​4
​5
​6
​7
​8
​80% AMI
​$46,200
​$52,800
​$59,800
​$66,000
​$71,300
​$76,600
​$81,850
​$87,150
Income guidelines effective as of January 2020
  • Applicant must have a lease agreement in their name. Applicants who do not have a legitimate lease agreement in their name will not be approved for assistance. In addition, assistance is provided to a household. Multiple individuals within a household cannot be assisted.
  • The applicant’s inability to pay their rent must be due to the impact of COVID-19 that resulted in loss of job or significant reduction in work hours, or unemployment that occurred after March 1, 2020.
  • Rental property must be located in Virginia Beach and the applicant’s primary residence. 
  • Applicant must have applied for, or in the process of, applying for unemployment benefits and must be able to provide supporting documentation.
  • Applicant must be able to meet basic needs once assistance is provided (e.g. food, utilities, etc.).

Ineligible Applicants

  • Households whose total gross annual income exceeds 80% AMI.
  • Applicants who do not live in Virginia Beach.

Click here for full program details, terms and conditions.

How to Apply

** PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the large volume of pre-applications received, Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is suspending the pre-application process for the Eviction Prevention Assistance program effective noon on Tuesday, May 5. 

Case workers will continue to review and process pre-applications submitted before the cut-off deadline. Applicants will be contacted by phone for further screening. 

An announcement will be made if, and when, the pre-application process is reopened. Residents are encouraged to check this page periodically for updates.