Waynesboro Project Gets Loan Approval for Affordable and Special Needs Housing


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Fairfax Hall in Waynesboro has been approved for $2 million in Affordable and Adaptive Housing Loans from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Governor Ralph Northam on Thursday announced more than $60 million in affordable and suitable housing loans for 42 projects across the Commonwealth, creating or preserving 2,552 affordable homes for low-income and extremely low-income households.

Funding will improve access to energy-efficient affordable housing, reduce homelessness, provide lifelong supportive housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and make energy efficiency updates in affordable housing .

Fairfax Hall primarily serves senior households in a historic structure in the former Brandon Hotel. The project proposes to modernize the 54 existing apartments to meet physical accessibility requirements and promote universal access.

The work aims to improve energy and operational efficiency by replacing obsolete systems, adding insulation and minimizing water waste.

The project has 12 project-based vouchers through the Waynesboro Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

“Quality, affordable housing is essential to building vibrant communities and ensuring that every Virginian has the opportunity to thrive,” Northam said. “We must continue to invest in the Commonwealth’s affordable housing stock, and affordable and supportive housing programs will continue to be a vitally important resource for vulnerable Virginians. In addition to its tremendous work supporting affordable housing, community development, and other priorities, DHCD has led our programs to keep people home and support small businesses during the pandemic. I would like to thank DHCD Director Erik Johnson for his superb stewardship of the agency, particularly over the past 22 months. He led an exceptional and creative team to find innovative ways to help people during a difficult time. »

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development administers the Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans, which combine state and federal resources to provide a streamlined and comprehensive application process.

Funding comes from four main sources: the federal HOME Investment Partnerships program, the National Housing Trust Fund, the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, and the Housing Innovations in Energy Efficiency funds.

Northam and the General Assembly invested a historic $55 million in the Virginia Housing Trust Fund this fiscal year. The VHTF funds housing construction projects that create or preserve affordable housing, reduce the cost of affordable housing, and increase home ownership.

This funding is a key source of funding for these affordable housing initiatives to support middle and low income families, as well as supporting homelessness reduction grants to provide rapid rehousing and longer term housing solutions. term for people who are chronically homeless.

“Housing stability is more important now than it has ever been as we turn the corner on this pandemic,” said Commerce and Commerce Secretary Brian Ball. “These projects will help meet the Commonwealth’s affordable housing needs, protect our most vulnerable, strengthen our communities and support our economy.”

Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans are awarded through a competitive process. Fifty-five applications requesting over $79 million were received for this round of funding. Proposals were reviewed, evaluated and scored with ranked proposals and recommended award bids to the highest ranked proposals based on availability of funds.

The funded projects will leverage more than $651 million in additional federal, state, local and private lending resources.

Fall 2021 Local Affordable and Accessible Housing Recipients

Apartments Southwood A | Piedmont Housing Alliance

$1,600,000 (HIEE)

$900,000 (NHTF)

$900,000 (VHTF)

Albemarle County

Southwood Apartments A will be a new construction of 70 rental units in Albemarle County. These one, two and three bedroom units will be available to households earning between 30% and 60% AMI. Eight units will have project-based vouchers and six units will be designated for permanent supportive housing. Piedmont Housing is working with a partner to include an on-site Head Start program for residents.

First Circle | Virginia Supportive Housing

$900,000 (HOUSE)

$900,000 (NHTF)

$714,909 (HIEE)

Albemarle County

Premier Circle is the new construction of 80 permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless, low-income adults in the Charlottesville area. Each studio unit will be approximately 350 square feet in size and will contain a kitchen and full bathroom. Resident facilities include a telephone, computer rooms, fitness room, laundry facilities, and free Wi-Fi. The building will contain staff offices for on-site support services and property management, a 16-hour reception and a night watch unit.

Middlebrook route | Taft-Mills Group

$900,000 (VHTF)

$899,530 (NHTF)

$697,470 (HIEE)

Town of Staunton

Middlebrook Trace is the new construction of 82 rental units in Staunton. Eight units will be reserved for permanent supportive housing and 15 units will accept project-based vouchers. The project will include two and three bedroom units. The project will include services for tenants with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

CPHR South First Phase Two | Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority

$400,000 (NHTF)

$2,000,000 (HIEE)

City of Charlottesville

South First Phase Two is a new construction project of 113 rental units in Charlottesville. The project includes one, two, three, four and five bedroom apartments in 21 buildings. Fifty-eight of the units will have a Section 8 or Section 9 grant. The project will include a program, in partnership with the Charlottesville Office of Economic Opportunity and Piedmont Virginia Community College, to provide vocational training. The development also includes significant indoor community resource spaces, outdoor amenity spaces, trail access and recreational spaces along Pollack’s Branch.

Apartments Southwood B | Piedmont Housing Alliance

$900,000 (VHTF)

$1,075,000 (HIEE)

Albemarle County

Southwood Apartments B is a new construction of 51 rental units in Albemarle County. All units will be available to households at or below 60% AMI, with four designated permanent supportive housing units. Piedmont Housing is working with a partner to include an on-site Head Start program for residents.

Spring Creek, Coleman and Cleveland | Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity

$700,000 (HOUSE)

$700,000 (VHT)

Louisa County and City of Charlottesville

Spring Creek, Coleman and Cleveland is a new build buyer’s home project consisting of eight units on three sites. Spring Creek is located in Louisa County and Coleman Court/Cleveland Avenue is located in the city of Charlottesville. Spring Creek consists of four four bedroom single family homes located on 0.25 acre lots. Coleman Court and Cleveland will include two duplex units located in established neighborhoods of Charlottesville. The eight home ownership units will incorporate universal design concepts.

HRHA Lineweaver Annex Renovation | Harrisonburg Housing and Redevelopment Authority

$900,000 (VHTF)

$230,000 (HIEE)

Town of Harrisonburg

The Lineweaver Annex is a large rehabilitation rental project located in downtown Harrisonburg. This rehabilitation consists of 60 one-bedroom units for seniors and people with disabilities, and 20 of the 60 units will be for permanent supportive housing.

Goose Creek Crossing | Hill Tide Real Estate Investments, LLC

$700,000 (VHT)

Town of Staunton

Goose Creek Crossing is new construction of 116 two- and three-bedroom rental apartment units on a 6.6-acre site in Staunton. The site will include a community building with an exercise room, computer room, laundry room, and management and maintenance offices. A playground and picnic shelter for residents will also be on site. The development will be serviced by Commonwealth Catholic Charities to provide services to residents such as home ownership, financial advice and employment services.

Alliance Heights VII | Hope the community builders

$500,000 (HOUSE)

Rockingham County

Covenant Heights will consist of eight new homeownership units in two buildings located in Rockingham County. These units will be used to help low-income buyers and first-time buyers.

Fifeville Rehab | Piedmont Housing Alliance

$300,000 (VHT)

$32,500 (HIEE)

City of Charlottesville

Fifeville Rehab is rehabilitating five vacant units in three buildings in Charlottesville for sale to households at or below 50% AMI. Property improvements include the addition of solar panels, kitchen upgrades and upgrades to promote energy efficiency and home health.

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