Youngkin unveils “Make Virginia Home” Plan

Governor Glenn Youngkin unveiled by email his “Make Virginia Home” Plan which aims to increase the supply of attainable, affordable, and accessible housing across Virginia.

Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick said that while trying “to attract and retain businesses to Virginia, the availability of workforce housing for their future employees was consistently raised by employers.”

To help increase the availability of housing, the Commonwealth will focus on three areas.

The first includes increasing the supply of land for housing by creating local policies that encourage housing growth, establishing zoning and land use guardrails, creating transparency among localities, and investigating the state’s land use and zoning laws.

The second key area includes removing regulatory barriers for housing development which includes translating building regulations to Spanish and streamlining procedures.

The final area focuses on aligning housing development with economic growth by establishing partnerships with site selectors early in their process.

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$27 million for affordable and special needs housing

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced over $27 million in funding for 34 projects to provide affordable and special needs housing.

These projects will combine to create and preserve 1,990 units for low income and extremely low income households.

The funding will not only help moderate and low income families but also support unhoused populations by providing resources for rapid re-housing and long term solutions.

The process for Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans is highly competitive with 61 applications received requesting $73 million in funding.

For a full list of projects that were accepted, click here.

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Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on affordable housing

In a Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity social media post ground was broken yesterday on the Norris Village Phase 2 project.

This project includes the building of five new affordable homes at 405 West Ln. in Winchester.

The homes will be available as affordable housing for low income families.

These homes are available to families that are in Habitat’s Home Ownership Program.

Information about Habitat’s Home Ownership program and Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity is available at blueridgehabitat.org.

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