On Thursday, April 9, 2015, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a public hearing on items relating to the commonwealth of Virginia’s administration of the Consolidated Action Plan 2015-2016 Action Plan.
The public hearing will be held at 10-11 a.m. in the 12th Floor South Conference Room of the Main Street Centre, 600 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.  DHCD will be taking comments on the proposed 2015-2016 Action Plan including goals and objectives for housing and community development; the projected use of funding; the method for distributing an anticipated $6,638,882 in HOME Investment Partnership funds; $2,752,294 in Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds; $731,898 in Housing for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds, and $16,444,780 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
Copies of the plan document may be requested by calling (804) 371-7100, (804) 371-7122 or (804) 371-7084 TDD.  Persons requiring special accommodations should call (804) 371-7122. The plans will appear on the agency’s website at under Announcements.
DHCD will receive written comments and testimony on the proposed 2015-2016 Action Plan through the close of business on May 14, 2015 at the following address:
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Attention: Lyndsi Austin
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Resiliency Plan Public Hearing

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
6 p.m.
Ted Constant Center
Big Blue Room
4320 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, Virginia

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The commonwealth of Virginia and major stakeholders in Hampton Roads have created a regional public-private coalition, The Resilience Partnership (RP), whose purpose is to re-invent the region around a shared understanding of how to live with water, in response to on-going environmental changes. The coalition will surface, test and refine the best strategies for building water resilient communities across a range of environments by developing a model seaport region that derives its economic vitality from the water. To support this effort, Virginia is currently applying for assistance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the National Disaster Resiliency Competition to support innovative resilience projects at the local level. The competition will also support communities in efforts to adopt policy changes and activities that plan for the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. Participation in the effort is broad based, bringing together multiple state and federal agencies, local governments, institutions of higher education, community groups and private sector partners.

Copies of the draft proposal will be available and comments will be heard at this forum. In addition to comments received at the public hearing, feedback may be submitted for consideration to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail to the Virginia Department of Housing and Development, Attn: Chris Thompson, 600 East Main Street, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23219. All comments must be received by March 17, 2015.


Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Announcement

Now accepting applications for the Appalachian Regional Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory 2015 High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute for middle and high school students and high school teachers

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to provide a two-week residential hands-on learning institute focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers from July 11 to July 24, 2015. A one-week residential hands-on science academy focusing on math, science, and technology for middle school students will be held on July 19 to July 24, 2015.
Twenty-six high school students, 26 middle school students and 26 high school teachers from throughout Appalachia will participate in a hands-on learning program that will focus on the application of math and science principles in the world of work. See the Criteria for Participant Selection for specific eligibility requirements.
ORNL is one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States. It is devoted to multi-purpose research and development and is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The ORNL facility is managed by UT–Battelle. ORAU, a consortium of major universities, cultivates collaborative partnerships that enhance the scientific research and education enterprise of our nation.
The ARC/ORNL Institute is a unique opportunity for students and teachers to work with research scientists on relevant math and scientific topics facing the world in the 21st century. Students and teachers work in teams on research projects during the two-week institute, with each team comprising three to six students or teachers. The team approach provides an opportunity to conduct research activities and solve problems in a group setting. Examples of the research and other activities engaged in during previous summer institutes can be seen at:
The summer 2015 participants will be housed at a hotel in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, near ORNL and ORAU facilities. Student participants will be chaperoned 24 hours a day by experienced teachers. Teachers selected to participate in the program will not be responsible for chaperoning students.
All major expenses, including meals, lodging, transportation to and from the participant’s home, and local transportation, will be covered for all participants. Teacher participants will receive a stipend of $1,005.
The participants will spend most days in one of several ORNL research laboratories, but field trips to nearby industries, universities and museums will illustrate the applications of math and science in the real world and provide participants with opportunities to learn more about Appalachia and some of its unique characteristics.
Applications are due on March 13, 2015 and must be submitted to Tamarah Holmes Ph.D. at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mailed to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Attn: Tamarah Holmes, 600 East Main Street, Suite 300, Richmond. VA 23219. For more information, contact Tamarah Holmes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or (804) 371-7056.


Additional information can be found at

Program is dependent upon availability of funding.


2015 Competitive Pre-Applications now available in CAMS

Open to eligible applicants through Dec. 3

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