Public Hearing, October 15, 2015

The Commonwealth of Virginia will hold a public hearing on October 15, 2015 to solicit public input on the proposed Virginia Disaster Resilience Proposal to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).  The proposal will target resiliency projects in the cities of Chesapeake, Newport News and Norfolk.  The proposal, thRIVe, Resiliency in Virginia, will target a series of infrastructure, watershed and community and economic development activities intended to re-invent the region around a shared understanding of how to live with water, in response to on-going environmental changes. Activities are intended to primarily benefit vulnerable, low- to moderate-income residents, while also addressing unmet needs from prior events.
NDRC is a two-phase process that will competitively award approximately $1 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds to eligible states, counties and cities nationwide. The competition will help communities recover from prior federally-declared disasters in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from future disasters, hazards, stresses and shocks.
A draft proposal will be available at the hearing location and online at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development website at  Public comment will be received from 7-8 p.m. at the following locations on October 15, 2015.
City of Chesapeake
Tidewater Community College
Room 3100 – Chesapeake Bay Multi-Purpose
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA  23322
City of Newport News
Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center
Room – L. Mario Poe
2410 Wickham Ave,
Newport News, VA  23607
Public comment will be received from 6-7 p.m.
at the following location on October 15, 2015.

City of Norfolk

Grandy Village Learning Center
2971 Kimball Loop
Norfolk, VA 23504
The public comment period will extend through October 21, 2015. Comments may be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at the following address:

Chris Thompson
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
600 East Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219
If you plan to attend and have any special needs requirements, please call (804) 371-7110.
All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on October 21, 2015. 
More information is available online at:
At the end of the comment period, all comments shall be reviewed. A summary of the comments will be submitted along with the proposal.


2016 Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE) grants now available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE) grant program through Oct. 15, 2015. BEE grants provide resources to micro-business development organizations, local governments, planning district commissions and other nonprofit organizations that deliver services to entrepreneurs in new and original ways.

Organizations may apply for up to $7,500 for a planning grant and up to $75,000 for an implementation grant. Planning grants allow organizations to assess market demand for services, research innovative means of providing business services and identify resource gaps. Implementation grants will help communities and organizations to implement business development strategies that result in business start-ups, expansions and job creation. This year, DHCD has identified four areas of focus for BEE funding.
Applications must be submitted in CAMS by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2015.


Virginia Main Street 2016 designation applications now being accepted

Virginia Main Street is currently accepting applications for new designations in the Virginia Main Street organization. In addition to becoming part of the internationally-renowned National Main Street Center, a designated Virginia Main Street Community receives an array of intensive assistance designed to advance its local revitalization efforts. Customized design assistance, access to state and national specialists, training on key downtown issues, and ongoing marketing and promotions support are among the range of services provided to Virginia Main Street communities.

Applications are due on Nov. 2, 2015.
All applications must be submitted in CAMS.



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