Our Programs

Housing & Neighborhood Preservation provides and supports a variety of resources to help people obtain, keep and maintain housing. While the department neither owns nor operates any housing itself, we can connect people, housing and neighborhoods to some of our key programs and services. Please note that all programs have eligibility requirements that may vary. Your individual circumstances must be evaluated to determine if you can be assisted.

Housing Choice Voucher Program
Provides housing assistance to eligible, very low- and extremely low-income persons/families and enables them to find decent, safe and sanitary housing by subsidizing a portion of their rent. This subsidy is paid directly to the landlord.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is no longer accepting pre-applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list. Already submitted an application? Check your status using WaitList Check.

Optional Relocation Program
Reduces the effect of financial hardships suffered by low- or moderate-income tenants or owner occupants who are temporarily or permanently displaced from their housing unit by Code Enforcement or other city agency action due to unsafe and or hazardous living conditions. Assistance is provided based on the availability of funding and is provided one time only to eligible households.

Owner-Occupied Reh​​abilitation Program​
Assists eligible low- to moderate-income Virginia Beach homeowners with a one-time only grant for emergency home repairs that pose a threat to health or safety. Qualifying emergency repairs include replacing defective heating equipment; correcting electrical defects and gas and plumbing hazards; and making handicap accessibility modifications. The program also offers affordable 25-year deferred loans to correct exterior codes violations, energy improvements on products that have exceeded their life expectancy or are in disrepair or to replace roofs that have exceeded their life expectancy. The program does not cover routine maintenance and repairs of a cosmetic nature.

Rental Security/Utility Deposit Program
Assists low-income households to secure decent, safe and affordable housing by providing funding for the security and/or utility​ deposits for a rental housing unit approved by Housing & Neighborhood Preservation's ​Rental Housing division. For the purpose of this program, an individual is considered a household. Assistance is provided based on the availability of funding and is provided one time only to eligible households.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program
To assist low income homeless families and/or those in imminent danger of becoming homeless to secure decent, safe and affordable housing by providing funding for vouchers to be utilized for rental housing units approved by the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation (DHNP). ​

Workforce Housing​
​The Workforce Housing Program was created to improve affordable housing opportunities for vital members of our community - our teachers, police officers, firefighters, nurses, medical technicians, military personnel, retail workers, recent college graduates and young families. ​​The City's first and only workforce housing development, Riverlake, is sold out. There are no other developments through the Workforce Housing Program currently being developed.
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