Youngkin announces $12 million in funding to fight homelessness

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced $12 million in funding for 55 projects across the Commonwealth to fight homelessness.

The Virginia Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grants will utilize the funds to advance their current targeted efforts to reduce homelessness.

The grants represent 20% of funding for the fiscal year.

The remaining funds support new or rehabilitated housing units through the Affordable and Special Needs Housing Program.

The Homeless Reduction Grant is coordinated with other community-based activities, and grantees use a local entry system to ensure the best approach for helping households experiencing homelessness quickly regain stable, permanent housing.

Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick said, “Housing stands as the cornerstone for fostering lively communities and robust local economies. This funding round prioritizes innovative approaches, like rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing, to effectively combat homelessness, ensuring that every at-risk Virginian receives the support they need to make homeless(ness) rare, brief and one-time.”

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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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