On Saturday, August 26, the Steelman family were handed the keys to their first home during the Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley dedication ceremony. Whitney Steelman, homeowner and mother of five, had waited for this day for almost two years. The beautiful blue two-story, five-bedroom home in the Belmont-Fallon community located in Southeast Roanoke was funded by “The Virginia House” grant and brought to life by Habitat for Humanity of the Roanoke Valley and the many volunteers who helped construct the home.
In commemoration of Virginia Intern Day, The Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership (VTOP) has recognized Virginia Housing as a recipient of the 2023 Top Virginia Employers for Interns Award. This annual award recognizes 100 employers throughout the Commonwealth who provide high-quality internships to students.
On a sunny February day in Powhatan, VA, Nikki and Aiden Chrimes watched emotionally as the two pieces of their modular home were craned onto their foundation. The roof was lifted to the structure soon after and volunteer landscaping crews from Habitat for Humanity began digging holes for magnolia trees donated by Hudgins Landscaping.
The Virginia Housing Fellows Program fosters the environment to prepare Fellows to be leaders in affordable housing by providing resources, knowledge, skills, and experience.
With a history of being economically depressed and geographically-challenged, rural towns like Exmore on the Eastern Shore have long struggled to provide safe, affordable housing for their residents. Ava Gabrielle-Wise, Executive Director of The New Road Community Group of Exmore, Inc., has made it her life’s work to improve housing conditions in Exmore, particularly for the predominantly African American neighborhood called New Road. Until the 1990s, most homes in the century-old community were without public water or sewer.
Virginia Housing participated in the groundbreaking of a new affordable housing development across from George Mason University in Fairfax. One University is the redevelopment of Robinson Square, an aging public housing community owned by Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and previously funded by HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.