Resources You Can Use – Virginia Housing and Community Outreach

Community Outreach is the outward facing arm of Virginia Housing (VH), helping to build and maintain relationships with housing-related organizations across Virginia. VH manages a variety of programs designed to increase the capacity and sustainability of Virginia’s Affordable Housing Delivery Network. VH and their Reach Team are trusted partners with an interest not only in … More Resources You Can Use – Virginia Housing and Community Outreach

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BREAKING NEWS: “How CDFIs Close the Wealth Gap” Webinar Has Been Rescheduled. Register Today!

Great news, the Microfinance Webinar: How CDFIs Can Close the Wealth Gap Through Supporting Small Businesses has been rescheduled! Starting a small business is one of the best ways to build wealth. Join us on December 5, 2022 at 11:00 am to hear how three (3) different Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) from across the … More BREAKING NEWS: “How CDFIs Close the Wealth Gap” Webinar Has Been Rescheduled. Register Today!

New Tech Sheet Available to Help Localities Build a Customized Wayfinding Sign System

On behalf of the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, Frazier Associates has created a new tech sheet for localities across the state to utilize when considering the development of a wayfinding sign system, particularly one that’s customized. A wayfinding sign system is made of eye-catching, easily identified signs that are comprehensive and unified and direct … More New Tech Sheet Available to Help Localities Build a Customized Wayfinding Sign System

Accelerating Investment in Small-Scale Real Estate Development Projects

Do you know of innovative financing approaches that have succeeded in transforming a building (or buildings) in your locality? Are there any folks in your area, region or state that are trying to address the challenge of a lack of capital for small-scale development? If so, Patrice Frey, former President & CEO of Main Street … More Accelerating Investment in Small-Scale Real Estate Development Projects

Creating Upper Story Housing in Your Downtown

The quality and quantity of housing stock in communities has become an increasingly important focus, particularly in downtown districts. In order to create a dynamic downtown, having a diversity of housing stock is an essential component for attracting a broad cross section of residents. Those considering their upper story housing potential are likely asking themselves, … More Creating Upper Story Housing in Your Downtown

At Home on Main Street: The State of Housing in Downtowns and Neighborhood Commercial Districts

With the generous support of the 1772 Foundation, Main Street America’s research team recently launched the At Home on Main Street project, a four-part housing research initiative that aims to provide action-oriented recommendations and support the network in strengthening Main Streets through thoughtful housing development. A few months ago, Main Street America shared its first … More At Home on Main Street: The State of Housing in Downtowns and Neighborhood Commercial Districts

Creating Our Culture: New Mural Raises Awareness for Lynchburg Artists of Color

Recently, an interactive mural was completed, adding color and vibrancy to a prominent, high-traffic area in Downtown Lynchburg. Apart from making downtown a more inviting and welcoming place, the new Creating Our Culture mural seeks to promote, elevate and raise awareness for Lynchburg’s artists of color. On the mural, a QR code is displayed, directing … More Creating Our Culture: New Mural Raises Awareness for Lynchburg Artists of Color

DHCD Releases 2021 Virginia Main Street Annual Report

Virginia Main Street (VMS) remains one of the best community and economic development investments in state government, leveraging an average of $123 in private funds for every dollar of state funding. In 2021 staff worked with communities across the Commonwealth to employ the Main Street Approach™ to create qualitative and quantitative outcomes through targeted design, economic, … More DHCD Releases 2021 Virginia Main Street Annual Report