Doing Business With Us

Housing & Neighborhood Preservation welcomes the opportunity for citizens, nonprofits, faith organizations, and businesses to help us in furthering our mission of expanding housing opportunities and maintaining vibrant, well-maintained neighborhoods in Virginia Beach. ​​If you're a landlord interested in making your unit available to program participants, a nonprofit wishing to develop affordable housing or someone who wants to join our team as a volunteer, find out how you can work with us!​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Opportunities for:​

 Nonprofits

​Housing & Neighborhood Preservation provides grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations wishing to develop or maintain affordable housing. In addition, we coordinate city review of applications for bond financing or support of tax credit projects.

For more information, contact Karen Prochilo, Housing Development Administrator at (757) 385-5803.​​

 Developers

​Housing & Neighborhood Preservation receives and reviews requests for the funding or approval of projects to maintain or expand affordable housing opportunities. We also provide grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations wishing to develop or maintain affordable housing. Developers also have the opportunity to participate in our Workforce Housing Program.

WORKFORCE HOUSING PROGRAM INFORMATION FOR DEVELOPERS


In August 2007, City Council adopted an Ordinance amending Section 102 of the City Zoning Ordinance, establishing the Workforce Housing Overlay District. Whether building for-sale units or rental units, the primary program requirements for the Workforce Housing Overlay District are the same and are listed here.
 
Developers are encouraged to contact Cheryl Smith, the Workforce Housing Program Coordinator, at (757) 385-5742, as early as possible in the conceptual phase of the development process in order to discuss the program and/or to arrange a meeting with city staff. Prior to submitting a change of zoning application for the Workforce Housing Overlay District, developers are required to attend a pre-application meeting with a Current Planner and the Workforce Housing Program Coordinator.

SECTION 3 REQUIREMENTS

The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods. See § 135.38 Section 3 clause. Learn more about Section 3.​

 Landlords

We continually seek new landlords to work with us in providing rental assistance to eligible persons through our Housing Choice Voucher Program. The unit must meet HUD Housing Quality Standards and the rent must be approvable within HUD Fair Market Rents and market rate comparables.Rental voucher holders select a unit from the private rental market. Rental assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program makes market rate housing affordable. Program participants normally pay no more than 30% of monthly adjusted income towards rents and utilities. The housing assistance payment subsidizes the balance of the rent to the property owner.

The benefits to landlords are:

  • Rental of vacant units
  • The landlord selects the residents and retains management
  • HUD contracts directly with the landlord for a specified time
  • Assurance of receiving the housing assistance payment covering a portion of the rent on a regular basis
If you are interested in making your property available to participants, please download the program guide for landlords/owners or call 385-5750 for more information.

 Contractors

​General contractors interested in being allowed to bid on rehabilitation work can contact Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation (VBCDC). 

​Direct questions to: 

Marc Thornton
Housing Programs Administrator
Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation (VBCDC)
2400 Potters Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454
mthornton@vbcdc.org
Phone: (757) 463-9516
Fax: (757) 463-1382

Section 3 Requirements

The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods. See § 135.38 Section 3 clause

 Volunteers

​The City of Virginia Beach values volunteers and their contribution to the City.  Volunteers are making a difference in the quality of life for residents and visitors to Virginia Beach. At this time, Housing and Neighborhood Preservation does not have any volunteer opportunities. Please continue to check back with us.

In the meantime, you can join over 20,000 volunteers who are making a difference in Virginia Beach with other departments.