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State and Federal Programs:

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
(www.dhcd.virginia.gov) The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is committed to creating safe, affordable, and prosperous communities to live, work and do business in Virginia. DHCD partners with Virginia’s communities to develop their economic potential, regulates Virginia’s building and fire codes, provides training and certification for building officials, and invests more than $100 million each year into housing and community development projects throughout the state - the majority of which are designed to help low-to-moderate income citizens. 

Virginia Housing Development Authority (www.vhda.com) Virginia Housing Development Authority is a self-supporting, not-for-profit organization created by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1972, to help Virginians attain quality, affordable housing. Our mortgages are funded by bonds we issue, not by state taxpayer dollars, and are available for homebuyers and developers of quality rental housing.

HUD (www.hud.gov) HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.

USDA Rural Development (www.rurdev.usda.gov) USDA Rural Development financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. We provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs.

Housing Assistance Council (www.ruralhome.org)  The Housing Assistance Council improves housing conditions for the rural poor, with an emphasis on the poorest of the poor in the most rural places in the United States; offers services to public, non-profit, and private organizations throughout the rural United States and maintains a special focus on high-need groups and regions: Indian country, the Mississippi Delta, farm workers, the Southwest border colonias, and Appalachia.


Tax Credits:

Virginia Department of Historic Resources (www.dhr.virginia.gov/tax_credits/tax_credit.htm) The Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Both the federal and state tax credit programs are administered in Virginia through the Department of Historic Resources. State tax credits are available for owner-occupied, as well as income-producing buildings.

Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program (www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/tax/) The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector rehabilitation of historic buildings and is one of the nation's most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. It generates jobs and creates moderate and low-income housing in historic buildings.


Housing and Community Development:

The Main Street Four Point Approach (www.preservationnation.org) The Main Street Four-Point Approach® is a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets - from historic, cultural, and architectural resources to local enterprises and community pride. It is a comprehensive strategy that addresses the variety of issues and problems that challenge traditional commercial districts.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) (www.lisc.org) The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children.

NeighborWorks America (www.nw.org) NeighborWorks America is a national nonprofit organization created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based revitalization efforts.

Knowledge Plex (www.knowledgeplex.org) Knowledgeplex is your Free Online Resource Center for Affordable Housing and Community Development.  We strive to be your most complete source of information about affordable housing and community development.

Enterprise Community Partners (www.enterprisecommunity.org) Enterprise Community Partners is a national nonprofit with more than 25 years of experience in the community development and affordable housing field.  They are the leading provider of capital and expertise for affordable housing and community development.

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (www.csh.org) The Corporation for Supportive Housing is a national nonprofit organization and community development financial institution that helps communities create permanent housing with services to prevent and end homelessness.



Virginia Housing Coalition (www.vahousingcoalition.org) With the mission of improving access to safe and affordable housing, the Virginia Housing Coalition is a 501(c)(4) organization founded in 1981 dedicated specifically to supporting organizations and individuals working to provide affordable housing options in Virginia by influencing and developing public policy, recognizing exemplary achievement, and providing education, training and services that will make its members more effective in attaining their goals.

National Housing Trust (www.nhtinc.org) The National Housing Trust preserves and revitalizes affordable apartments to better the quality of life for the families and elderly who live there. Saving affordable housing is the essential first step in solving our nation’s housing dilemma.

National Community Reinvestment Coalition (www.ncrc.org) The National Community Reinvestment Coalition works to increase fair & equal access to credit, capital, and banking services/products because discrimination is illegal, unjust and detrimental to the economic growth of underserved communities in the United States and around the world.

National Housing Conference (www.nhc.org) Since 1931, the nonprofit National Housing Conference (NHC) has been dedicated to helping ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all in America.



Economic Development:

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) (www.sba.gov) The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA) (www.dba.virginia.gov) The Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA), created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1996, provides a one-stop-service for technical assistance related to business formation, access to capital, and workforce development.

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (www.yesvirginia.org) In 1995, the Virginia General Assembly created the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to better serve those seeking a prime business location and increased trade opportunities and, therefore, to foster increased expansion of the Commonwealth's economy.


Non-Profit Capacity Building:

Connect Richmond (www.connectrichmond.org) Connect Richmond provides information, resources and instant access to nonprofits, civic leaders, volunteers and others interested in improving Metro Richmond.

Nonprofit Learning Point (NLP) (nonprofitlearningpoint.org) Nonprofit Learning Point (NLP) is an educational program that assists with capacity-building for the vast network of nonprofit organizations in the greater Richmond area. It is the only program of its kind designed to respond to the specific needs of the nonprofit community. NLP provides high quality, relevant and affordable courses, conferences and formal training to members of the nonprofit community.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) (www.thecne.org) The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) Charlottesville is a local resource center designed to bring local, regional, and national resources to a single place. By making these resources more readily available, area nonprofits will save time and money and be able to focus on maximizing their potential.

The Council of Community Services (www.councilofcommunityservices.org) The Council of Community Services was established to promote the welfare of the Roanoke Valley community through the provision of a forum for the expression and the study of community needs; the survey and evaluation of resources available; the improvement of existing resources; and the establishment of new resources.

BoardSource (www.boardsource.org) BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders.

The Foundation Center (www.foundationcenter.org) The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grant makers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.


Leadership resources:

The Aspen Institute (www.aspeninstitute.org) The Aspen Institute is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. The Web site features reports and publications to guide leadership development.

The Center for Creative Leadership (www.ccl.org) The Center for Creative Leadership is a leading nonprofit institution dedicated exclusively to leadership. The organization offers a wealth of information about leadership, ranging from research findings to practical information for managers and executives in their free monthly e-newsletter, Leading Effectively.

The Community Mediation Center of Southeastern Virginia (CMC) (conflictcrushers.blogspot.com) The Community Mediation Center of Southeastern Virginia (CMC) provides quality education and services that enable youth, families, individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities to effectively resolve, reduce and prevent conflict. The Center is a non-profit, a United Way Community Partner, a member of the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution (VACCR), and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM).


Greenleaf (www.greenleaf.org) Greenleaf is the definitive voice on servant leadership. Greenleaf's Web site offers an annual conference, speakers bureau, book sales, newsletter subscriptions and more.

Leadership Metro Richmond (www.lmronline.org) Leadership Metro Richmond is a 28-year old leadership development and community service program that seeks to harness the shared passion of emerging and established leaders to serve the community.


LeaderSource (www.leadersource.com) LeaderSource offers leadership development and executive coaching consultancy serving clients globally. The Web site offers some great articles and resources on leadership development.