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The past, present, and future of RRHA public housing communities

Tina Griego’s Sunday Story has quickly become a must read. This week’s More Than Shelter – Can the city undo 60 years of failed public housing policy? is a look the RRHA’s public housing communities and some of the history that got us here:

In April of this year, the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority opened its waiting list for what officially are called “housing choice vouchers” but are commonly known as Section 8 vouchers.

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RRHA had not opened its wait list since 2003. It waited until March 2014 when it had whittled down the previous list of more than 10,000 applications to zero. Then it waited some more. In the waiting, the agency eventually forfeited more than $2 million in subsidies, enough for at least 300 vouchers. It waited until Somanath came on board in February and, alarmed, asked, “Why haven’t we opened the wait list?”

SEE ALSO: Public Housing in Richmond

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Matt Aldridge
Matt Aldridge
4 years ago

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Stacie Birchett
Stacie Birchett
4 years ago

Hope to see a lot of readers at the Valentine on Nov 3rd for the Community Conversation on Housing!

Richard r
Richard r
4 years ago

The more Somenath shapes RRHA the brighter the future will be. What a great man!

Better Housing Coalition
Better Housing Coalition
4 years ago

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Robbie Summey
Robbie Summey
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Dave Seibert
Dave Seibert
4 years ago

Thank goodness for TK.

Melissa Brooks
Melissa Brooks
4 years ago

I’m curious about families who are ready to transition out of public housing and may be able to sustain w/out the voucher. Where is the housing for them? Many single parent households with 3-4 children need a 3-4 bedroom home for rent in Church Hill for $500-$800/month. They’d even make a 2 bedroom work. I’ve had a hard time finding any….The changing demographics of Church Hill have driven rents past $1200/month even for small townhomes. If you know of any of these types of properties for rent, please email me at mbrooks@ajces.org.

Emily Klinedinst
Emily Klinedinst
4 years ago

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