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Virginia Housing Providers Invited to Participate in Statewide Housing Study

In March 2020, the Virginia General Assembly passed HB 854 directing Virginia Housing and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to conduct a study of state policies and programs which influence the creation and preservation of affordable housing. HousingForward Virginia is assisting Virginia Housing and DHCD with this effort, which requires significant engagement with practitioners and advocates across the commonwealth.

Participate in the Survey

The Virginia Housing Programs and Policies Survey is an opportunity for housing providers to share detailed and meaningful feedback on any and all state-administered housing funds, policies, and programs your organization uses. We are also interested in learning how race and COVID-19 have affected the affordable housing arena. Your responses will be used to educate policymakers and influence policy changes.

The deadline to complete this momentous survey is Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Your answers will influence the future of housing policy in Virginia.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will this survey take to complete? We expect this survey to take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. You will be able to save the survey and come back to it later if you are not able to complete it in one sitting. How long will this survey be available? This survey will remain online until December 31, 2020. How else can my organization be involved? We are looking for practitioners to participate in focus groups throughout January and February of next year. These focus groups will take deeper dives into housing issues based on the results of this survey. If you are interested in helping, there is a question at the beginning of the survey where you can agree to participate, and get notified in January when meetings are planned. When will HB 854 be completed? The final report will be completed in the fall of 2021. Per H.B. 854’s requirements, it will include a full analysis of existing policies and programs (using knowledge gained from this survey), assessments of potential new housing programs, and a quantitative determination of the quality and quantity of affordable housing in the commonwealth. Additional information: If you have any questions about this survey or HB 854 in general, please email

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