Who is VHDA?
When homes are affordable and accessible to jobs, good schools and transportation, everyone benefits. Individual lives are improved and communities as a whole grow stronger. VHDA was created in 1972 by the General Assembly to help Virginians attain quality, affordable housing. We carry out this mission by working in public-private partnerships with local governments, community service organizations, lenders, Realtors, developers and many others. We provide mortgages for first-time homebuyers, as well as financing for apartment communities and neighborhood revitalization efforts. We offer free homebuyer classes, support housing counseling, and help people with disabilities and the elderly make their homes more livable. We also administer the federal Housing Choice Voucher and Housing Credit programs in Virginia. VHDA is self-supporting and receives no state taxpayer dollars to fund our programs. Instead, we raise money in the capital markets, and we contribute a significant portion of our net revenues each year to help meet Virginia’s most difficult housing needs.
Since our founding, VHDA has committed financing for more than 182,000 single family homes and 144,000 multifamily units.
Our Guiding Principles
The foundation of everything we’ve done since 1972, our guiding principles are demonstrated every day through the actions of our associates, who are required to be:
- Collaborative - valuing relationships and respecting different perspectives.
- Creative - making the best use of people, time, money, technology and information, and striking a practical balance between short- and long-term goals.
- Customer-focused - displaying care and compassion of individual needs and creating value for our stakeholders.
- Ethical - considering what is best for VHDA as a whole in order to focus on the affordable housing needs of communities throughout the Commonwealth.
- Knowledgeable - understanding and knowing our customers: low-to moderate-income households, diverse cultures, minority populations and people with disabilities.
- Mission-driven - offering programs, products and services that overcome affordable housing barriers.
The ability to live up to these principles is evaluated in job candidate interviews, associate performance reviews and in the experiences of our customers and stakeholders.
Each year, we raise funds through the capital markets to support lending for our Single Family and Multifamily Loan programs. Investors purchase VHDA securities and loans, and this, in turn, generates our principal source of capital. These securities do not constitute a debt or obligation of the Commonwealth.
VHDA is a quasi-government agency. The governor appoints our 11-member Board of Commissioners. However, the authority is self-supporting and does not use tax dollars to fund its lending programs. Susan F. Dewey, our executive director since 1999, heads a leadership team of nine divisional managers. VHDA has more than 300 full-time associates.
To meet the state’s most critical housing needs, we annually develop and update our strategic plan and objectives.
In VHDA's Strategic Plan, the authority focuses on ways to:
- Strengthen first-time homeownership throughout Virginia.
- Address unmet rental needs of low-income and critical needs populations.
- Address state housing needs in partnership with the housing delivery network.
VHDA's Strategic Direction
VHDA Strategic Direction / Vision 2020
Notice Regarding Virginia Freedom of Information Act
Freedom of Information Act
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