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

10/26/2015 7:46 AM by

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.


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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