DHCD Events


Virginia Main Street 2016 Designation How-to-Apply Workshops

DHCD will be accepting up to three new designated Virginia Main Street Communities into this successful Virginia Main Street program in 2016. The communities must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered.  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.
Three how-to-apply workshops will be conducted for communities interested in completing the Main Street designation application. Virginia Main Street staff will provide detailed review of the application process and assist with participant questions.  Attendance is highly recommended, though not required, for application for Virginia Main Street designation. Applications will be due Nov. 2, 2015.

The deadline for registering for a workshop is Friday, July 10.

The workshops will be held on:

Tuesday, July 14
3-5 p.m.
Miller Center
301 Grove Avenue,  
Room 304
Lynchburg, VA

Monday, July 20
1-3 p.m.
Wytheville Meeting Center
333 Community Boulevard
Wytheville, VA

 Thursday, July 23
10 a.m.-noon
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street
12th Floor Conference Room South
Richmond, VA

The deadline for registering for a workshop is Friday, July 10.



2016 ARC How-to-Apply Workshop

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Southwest Virginia Higher Education
Center Executive Auditorium
(Map it)

On Tuesday, July 21, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will hold a how-to-apply workshop for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program. DHCD will provide information on applying for the 2016 ARC funding.
While there is no fee to attend, please be sure to register by Friday, July 17, so we may provide adequate meeting space. Light refreshments will be provided.



Housing Trust Fund How-to-Apply Workshops

The Virginia Housing Trust Fund is intended to create and preserve affordable housing and to reduce homelessness in the commonwealth, and applications for the program will be opening soon. In order to cover the application process, DHCD will be holding several how-to-apply workshops throughout the state to cover the application process for the Homeless Reduction Grant Program and the Competitive Loan Fund.

Competitive Loan Fund

Funding in this component will be used to provide flexible financing for low-interest loans through eligible organizations. It is anticipated that approximately $5.5 million will be made available, with projects capped at no more than $750,000. Loans may be provided for:

  • Affordable rental housing to include new construction, rehabilitation, repair or acquisition of housing to assist low- to moderate-income citizens and land and land improvements

  • Down payment and closing cost assistance for homebuyers

  • Short-, medium- and long-term loans to reduce the cost of homeownership and rental housing

Homeless Reduction Grants

Funding in this component will be used to provide grants through eligible organizations for targeted efforts to reduce homelessness. It is anticipated that approximately $1 million will be made available, with projects capped at no more than $100,000. Projects may include:

  • Temporary rental assistance, not to exceed one year

  • Housing stabilization services in permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families

  • Mortgage foreclosure counseling targeted at localities with the highest incidence of foreclosure activity

  • Predevelopment assistance for permanent supportive housing and other long-term housing options for the homeless

Eligible organizations for the Housing Trust Fund programs include:

  •  Localities
  • Local government housing authorities
  • Regional or statewide housing assistance organizations that provide assistance to low- and/or moderate-income citizens of Virginia
  • Limited liability companies expressly created for the purpose of owning and operating affordable housing

The following are the dates and locations of the workshops:

Tuesday, July 7
10 a.m.-noon

Wednesday, July 8
2-4 p.m.

Thursday, July 9
1-3 p.m.

Monday, July 13
1-3 p.m.



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 www.dhcd.virginia.gov.