A Video Message from Susan Dewey
Executive Director of VHDA
Report to the Community for 2014
VHDA’s mission continues to be helping Virginians attain quality, affordable housing. Because when housing is affordable, everyone benefits: our neighbors, local businesses, school systems and our communities.
Please click the links on this page for a report on our progress during the 2014 fiscal year (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014).
As of June 30, 2014, VHDA has ...
- Financed more than 186,000 home loans since inception, including 4,398 during FY14.
- Financed more than 147,700 rental units, including 3,663 during FY14.
- Helped more than 165,000 Virginians prepare for homeownership through our free homebuyer classes (both online and in classrooms around the state). 11,654 took the class during FY14.
As an independent authority, VHDA receives no state tax dollars for its programs and operations. Traditionally, we have raised capital through the issuance of bonds. However, VHDA has faced challenges raising funds for our homeownership programs in the current environment. This is not because of VHDA's credit, since our single family bonds are rated AAA; rather it is caused largely by the federal government's unprecedented intervention into the mortgage markets. VHDA has been a leader among our peers in other states in finding alternative sources of affordable mortgage loan capital, and we continue to explore new sources of capital to sustain our lending programs.
VHDA mortgages are designed with the first-time homebuyer in mind, including options for down payment financing. Borrowers can have confidence in the quality of our loans; VHDA has never engaged in sub-prime lending. And, we service our own loans right here in Virginia.
FY14 Single Family Lending Report:
- Disbursed funds for 4,398 single family loans for a total of $757 million.
- 61 percent of loans were to households making less than 80 percent of median income.
- 31 percent of loans were made to minorities.
VHDA's Rental Housing Division provides financing to for-profit and non-profit developers of affordable, quality rental housing. We finance new construction, mixed-use/mixed-income developments; and rehabilitation of older properties. Most projects involve multiple layers of financing, with funds coming from VHDA taxable and tax-exempt bonds, federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (which VHDA administers), and other sources such as historic tax credits. To ensure the best combination of resources and financing, VHDA offers developers our planning and consulting services.
FY14 Rental Lending Report:
- Provided financing for 3,663 units for a total of $223 million.
- 100 percent of the units targeted households with incomes less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income.
First-time homebuyers will play a key role in the recovery of the housing market and the overall economy. To make sure the next generation of homebuyers is informed and prepared, VHDA offers a free, no-obligation homeownership class. This in-depth, eight-hour course is available to the general public and is required for homebuyers who apply for a VHDA loan. It covers topics such as credit, setting up a spending plan, working with a lender and real estate agent, the home inspection and the closing process. The class is offered in English or Spanish, and students can choose either online or classroom training.
FY14 Homeownership Education Report:
Since VHDA's Homeownership Education program began in 1993 ...
- A total of 164,797 individuals have taken VHDA's free homeownership education class, including 11,654 during FY14.
- 103,296 took the training in classrooms throughout Virginia, including 4,237 during FY14.
- 61,501 took the class online, including 7,417 during FY14.
Watch Video Testimonials of Actual Students:
VHDA offers a variety of programs for Virginians looking to buy or rent an affordable home. We also provide developers of quality, affordable rental housing with access to financial resources and tax incentives. Please click any program name below to learn more.
Military & Veterans Programs
Business Partner Programs
VHDA has a Loss Mitigation program to help our borrowers who are facing financial difficulty and are more than 30 days behind on their mortgage payments. We encourage these borrowers to get in touch with us as soon as possible when they start having trouble making house payments. In many cases we can help these borrowers work out a plan to get back on track, depending on individual situations and how far behind in their payments they are.
In addition to Rental Housing financing, VHDA has several programs in place to help renters and property managers and to ensure there are quality, affordable housing options for Virginians who choose to rent.
- The Housing Choice Voucher Program.
This is a HUD program administered by VHDA to help low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities by providing all or a portion of their rental payments. Vouchers can be used to help pay rent for a house, apartment or mobile home where the landlord has agreed to participate in the program. Vouchers are distributed by VHDA (in areas not served by a local housing authority) through a network of agencies. During FY14 we served 8,565 families who received assistance through a Section 8 voucher subsidy.
- Connecting Landlords and Tenants.
VHDA sponsors the state's most comprehensive online database of available rental housing, VirginiaHousingSearch.com. There is no charge for landlords to list properties, or for tenants to search by location, cost or amenities. As of June 30, 2014, the number of rental units listed on the site exceeded 103,000.
- Quality Matters. Rental properties should be well-managed, for the sake of tenants and the value of the surrounding neighborhood. VHDA's Certified Management Agent program was created to set high standards among property managers. As of June 30, 2014, this program had resulted in 120 Certified Management Agents, managing a total of 87,921 units at 960 properties.
Resources Enabling Affordable Community Housing in Virginia (REACH Virginia):
- The annual amount of the Authority's net assets to be dedicated to targeted housing initiatives has been increased to 20 percent of the average of the Authority’s excess revenues for the preceding five years.
▪ The highest priority has been placed upon serving the elderly, the disabled and lower income households, as well as families in need of affordable housing not otherwise being serviced by other housing programs. REACH has also sought to provide support for comprehensive programs of neighborhood revitalization.
- VHDA's REACH Virginia team provides outreach to seniors, people with disabilities, low-income households and the Hispanic and African American communities. We also work with local governments, non-profits and housing authorities from around the state, including high-growth areas such as Northern Virginia, where affordable housing is scarce. This outreach is supported by our own REACH Virginia subsidy, which also provides lower-interest loan programs to serve these communities.
- Since REACH's inception in 2006, VHDA has allocated $193 million in REACH funding, supporting more than $1.5 billion in programs.
FY14 REACH Virginia Report:
- During FY14, VHDA financed more than $68.6 million in loans and grants using nearly $20.3 million in REACH subsidy.
As part of our mission, VHDA provided the following during FY14:
- Granting Freedom,
a grant program for Virginia's disabled veterans, administered by VHDA in partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development, Community Housing Partners and other community groups. The program provides funds to help Virginia's disabled veterans make their homes more accessible. Watch video.
- Pro-bono servicing of 1,246 home loans for 36 Habitat for Humanity Virginia affiliates.
- Don Ritenour Charity Golf Tournament. This annual event sponsored by VHDA has raised more than $1.8 million since the first tournament, created by Managing Director of Development Don Ritenour, took place in 1993. Our 2014 event benefitted six charities: CARES, Inc., Doorways for Women and Families, Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence, The Healing Place, YWCA of South Hampton Roads, and Farmville Habitat for Humanity.
- The Virginia Housing Directory.
- VHDA's Volunteer Council provided many additional opportunities to serve our community this year. Habitat for Humanity builds, blood drives and food drives are just a few examples of the community service projects VHDA associates took part in during FY14.
Listed below is VHDA's leadership as of June 30, 2014.
You can also view VHDA's current leadership.
Board of Commissioners:
- Kit Hale, Chairman
- Timothy Chapman, Vice Chairman
- H. Richard Ashe
- Jacqueline T. Black
- Douglass R. Fahl
- Manju Ganeriwala, ex-officio (State Treasurer)
- Jim Hyland, ex-officio (DHCD Board Member)
- Marjorie N. Leon
- Charles C. McConnell
- William C. Shelton, ex-officio (Director, DHCD)
- Sarah B. Stedfast
- Susan Dewey, Executive Director
- Barbara Blankenship, Managing Director of Human Resources
- Art Bowen, Managing Director of Rental Housing
- Herb Hill, Managing Director of Policy, Planning and Research
- Paul Brennan, General Counsel
- Tammy Neale, Chief Learning Officer
- Don Ritenour, Managing Director of Development
- Janet Wiglesworth, Managing Director of Information Technology Services
- Russ Wyatt, General Auditor
- Llew Anderson, Managing Director of Executive Services
- Pat Carey, Managing Director of Finance
- Mike Hawkins, Managing Director of Community Outreach