The City of Richmond's Department of Housing and Community Development's (HCD) mission is to:
- Prevent homelessness and provide emergency housing and services to our most vulnerable residents;
- Provide a continuum of affordable rental and homeownership housing opportunities to our residents with limited incomes; and
- Revitalize our city's older neighborhoods into vibrant mixed-income, residential communities that are walkable to public transportation and commercial retail goods and services with community parks and facilities.
HCD works with our non-profit and for profit partners using its annual allocations of federal entitlement funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which includes:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG);
- Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME);
- Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program; and
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA).
Click here to learn more about our annual allocated federally-funded HUD programs.
The City also administers a Lead-based Hazard Control Program (LEAD) funded by HUD to control health hazards caused by lead-based paint used in housing built prior to 1978 where children under the age of six live or play, or where a pregnant woman may reside.
The program is administered by the HCD department in partnership with the Richmond City Health District's (RCHD) Lead-Safe Healthy Homes Initiative (LSHHI) and ProjectHOMES, a local nonprofit.
Click here to learn more about our LEAD program.
In addition, the City also funds an Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) that provides financial resources to create new affordable housing and housing-related services for households whose incomes are at or below the 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
Click here to learn more about our AHTF.
Click here to see the HUD 2019 Area Median Income Levels for the City of Richmond MSA.
The City of Richmond also funds a neighborhood reinvestment program called Neighborhoods in Bloom (NiB). The NiB program was originally funded in 1999 and has been responsible for the revitalization of several of our City's older neighborhoods including Carver, Newtowne West, and Blackwell.
Today the NiB program is active in the following five City neighborhoods:
- Bellemeade NiB
- Blackwell NiB
- Church Hill Central NiB
- Highland Park NiB - Southern Tip
- Swansboro NiB
To learn more about the NiB program click here.
Three new City programs that the department will be overseeing in the new FY21, starting on July 1, 2020 are:
- The Eviction Diversion Program (currently a Mayoral Initiative);
- The Affordable Housing Tax Rebate Program; and
- The Affordable Housing Tax Abatement Program.
We will be adding new information about these new programs shortly.
The HCD department will be undertaking a new initiative to surplus its underutilized properties that are appropriate for use as single family and multi-family affordable housing.
Click here to view the City's Fair Housing Policy in English.