2016 Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) How-to-Apply Workshops

$2 million in IRF program funding is available to local governments to help rehabilitate derelict commercial and industrial structures

The IRF program provides funding of up to $600,000 for construction projects aligned with local and regional economic development strategies. Towns, counties or cities can apply for the funding, however, special consideration will be given to distressed communities. Each IRF grant/loan will require a one-to-one match from public or private funds. Eligible properties include any large-scale, non-residential structure.

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will be conducting three how-to-apply workshops for the Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) program during the month of July. During these sessions, DHCD staff will offer a review of the program design, funding availability, the application process and additional information.
Applications are due Thursday, October 1, 2015.

Location Date Time
Lynchburg Tuesday, July 14 1-3 p.m.
Abingdon Tuesday, July 21 1-3 p.m.
Norfolk Tuesday, July 28 1-3 p.m.


For more information about the program, contact Joy Rumley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (276) 676-5471 ext. 7 or visit


Manufactured Housing Installers Program (MHIP)

DHCD State Building Code Office (SBCO) is pleased to announce the availability of the Manufactured Housing Installers Program (MHIP) now online through the Jack A Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy Knowledge Center. Completion of this program is required for all installers of manufactured homes in Virginia prior to application for the mandatory licensure issued by the VA Department of Professional Occupation and Regulation (DPOR).
Due to technical issues electronic payment for the program cannot be accepted at this time. After completing the training program users will be prompted to print the ‘attendance certificate’ necessary to receive ‘Completion verification’ required by DPOR.
Instructions for receiving the required ‘completion verification’.
1.  Complete the On-line MHIP  Instructions for accessing the VBCA KC and establishing a user account
2.  Follow instructions to print the Attendance certificate
3.  Mail attendance certificate and $50 fee (check made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia) to:

Cindy Davis
600 E. Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219
For problems with the Knowledge Center  or questions regarding the Manufactured Housing Installers Program please contact the State Building Code Office at (804) 371-7150


Virginia Energy Assessment and Code Compliance Program Report

The DHCD State Building Codes Office completed a 14-month energy  and compliance assessment last June in an effort to benchmark compliance as it relates to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. With the cooperation and collaboration of 20 participating Virginia  localities DHCD is able to set forth a plan of support, training, and education for key stakeholders in the code enforcement and related industries that furthers Virginia’s efforts in energy arena. For additional information  regarding our  Energy Assessment and Code Compliance Program, read the Program Recap report here.