Our Funding & Grants

​​​​​​Housing & Neighborhood Preservation's programs and services are funded by both city and federal funds. Federal funds we receive include:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): Funds are used for a wide range of community development needs by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
  • HOME: Funds are u​sed to improve the existing housing stock of homeowners or to build or renovate housing for low-income households.
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG): Funds are used to support shelter operations and case management, as well as Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing.
  • Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA): Funds are used to create and sustain affordable housing solutions for persons with HIV/AIDS and their families. The City of Virginia Beach receives these funds from the Federal Government on behalf of the region (Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area) and is obligated to distribute them in order to meet the purposes of the program. 
  • Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8): ​Funds are used to finance affordable housing choices/options in the private market for low-income households. A portion of the rent is paid by the participant based on income. The balance is paid for by the Housing Choice Voucher program, which is paid directly to the landlord. The rental subsidy program provides decent, safe and sanitary housing for approximately 2,000 low-income households in Virginia Beach.​
  • Continuum of Care Grant: The Continuum of Care Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. The program assists families and individuals (including unaccompanied youth) experiencing homelessness and provides the services needed to help them move into transitional and permanent housing with the goal of long-term stability. Each year, more than $1.4 million is granted through the Continuum of Care ​to Virginia Beach agencies that provide housing and supportive services to the homeless.

Consolidated Strategy Pla​n 2015-2020

The Consolidated Strategy and Plan develops a strategy for carrying out U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs and is a management tool for assessing performance and tracking results. The plan develops the priorities over a five-year period for the CDBG, HOME, ESG and the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS programs.

Every five years, Housing and Neighborhood Preservation submits a Consolidated Strategy and Plan to HUD. The plan assesses the housing needs of low-and moderate-income households in Virginia Beach and describes the activities underway to meet those needs. The Consolidated Strategy and Plan is required of all local governments that apply for direct assistance under HUD programs. HUD must review and approve the plan before federal housing assistance can be provided to the city.​

Annual Action Plan​

Each year, HUD requires that the City of Virginia Beach submit an Annual Action Plan (AAP), which outlines how the city will use and allocate funding under the CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA programs​. The AAP includes the proposed uses of each of these funds for a 12-month period. The Annual Action Plan (AAP) is based on the city’s approved FY 2015-2020 Five-Year Consoli​dated​ Strategy and Plan​. 
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