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In today’s real estate market, many households need help bridging the gap between low or moderate wages and the high cost of renting a residence. HRHA provides assistance to those households to obtain secure and quality affordable rental housing. This is done through Public Housing properties owned and managed by HRHA.

HRHA owns and manages 360 Public Housing units located throughout Hopewell, VA that provide affordable rents to lower income households, seniors and persons with disabilities. Generally tenants pay 30 percent of their income as rent.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers federal aid to housing authorities that manage Public Housing.

Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority is accepting applications for the Low-Income Public Housing. Applications are being accepted at the main office Monday thru Friday 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Applications may be completed at HRHA’s Main Office
350 E. Poythress Street, Hopewell, Virginia 23860

All applications must be completed in the main office.

If you recently submitted an application for our Public Housing Program please be advised that the wait on our waiting list is currently on average, six (6) months to two (2) years.

Public Housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. Your eligibility will be based on:

1.    Annual gross income,

2.    Whether you qualify as an elderly, a person with a disability or as a family, and

3.    U.S. citizenship/immigration status. Your references will be checked to make sure you and your family will be good tenants.

If you are eligible, the HRHA will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. HRHA will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the community’s environment.

Current and former residents of Public Housing who owe a balance will not be processed until the balance is paid in full. In addition, you must meet the eligibility criteria for our program.

HRHA uses income limits developed by HUD, which sets the lower income limits at 80 percent and very low income limits at 50 percent of the median income for the metropolitan area in which you choose to live.

The HRHA will collect the following information to determine your eligibility:

1.    Names of all persons who would be living in the unit with you, their sex, date of birth, social security number, and their relationship to the head of household.

2.    Your present address and telephone number.

3.    Family characteristics (e.g. veteran) and their circumstances that may qualify the tenant for tenant selection preferences, such as living in overcrowded conditions or being in a rent burden.

4.    Names and addresses of your current landlord, and previous landlords to determine your suitability as a tenant.

5.    An estimate of your family’s anticipated income for the next twelve months.

6.    Names and addresses of employers, banks and any other information the agency would need to verify your income and deductions, and to verify the household composition.

7.    HRHA will conduct a credit check and a criminal background check to determine your suitability.

You will need to provide any documentation needed, such as birth certificates, social security cards, verification of income, assets, and expenses for your household.

HRHA will provide written notification. If HRHA determines that you are eligible, your name will be put on the waiting list, unless the agency is able to assist you immediately. If you are determined ineligible, HRHA will notify you of the reason of ineligibility, and give you an opportunity to request an informal hearing.

Yes, giving preferences to specific groups of families enables HRHA to direct their limited housing resources to the families with the greatest housing needs. Please request a copy of our ACOP from the main office to see HRHA Selection Preferences.

Your rent will be based on your family’s anticipated gross annual income less deductions, if any. HUD regulations allow Housing Agencies (HA) to exclude from annual income the following allowances: $480 for each dependent; $400 for any elderly family or a person with disability, and some medical deductions for families where the head of the household (or spouse) is an elderly person or a person with disabilities. All families are required to pay at least $50 minimum rent.

Rent will be calculated based on the highest result of the formula below:

1.    10% of monthly income

2.    30% of monthly adjusted income (Gross Annual Income less deductions allowed by the   regulations)

3.    A $50 minimum rent set by HRHA at this time

If you are offered a unit and accept it, you will have to sign a lease with HRHA. You must be able to obtain your leasing funds, which will include your first month’s rent and security deposit. The lease must be signed by both parties.

HRHA is responsible for the management and operation of its local Public Housing programs. HRHA also operates other types of housing programs.

On-going functions:

·         Assure compliance with leases,

·         Set other charges, such as security deposit, extra consumption, and damages to unit,

·         Perform re-examination of family’s income at least once every 12 months,

·         Repair and renovate units,

·         Transfer families from one unit to another, in order to correct over/under crowding,

·         Terminate lease as necessary, and

·         Maintain the development in a decent, safe and sanitary condition.

HRHA also provides other services, which include homeownership opportunities for qualified families, employment training opportunities, as well as, other training and programs.

In general, you may stay in Public Housing as long as you comply with the lease. If, at your reexamination, your family income is sufficient to obtain housing in the private market, the HA may recommend that you move to affordable housing in the private market. You will not be required to move unless there is affordable housing available for you on the private market.

HRHA has a Grievance Procedure that seeks to assure just and unbiased treatment of all residents and to provide procedures which are not unduly time consuming or complicated. The Authority will take required actions to ensure all grievants with special needs are accommodated to provide access to this Grievance Procedure.

Should it become necessary for you to file a grievance, present your grievance personally, either orally or in writing, to the Authority’s Central Management Office or the Management Office where you reside within seven days, after the occurrence giving rise to the grievance.

The oral or written presentation should state:

1. That the complaint is being pursued in accordance with the Grievance Procedure.

2. The actual basis of the grievance.

The action of relief.

A copy of the Grievance Procedure can be found at the Community’s Management Office and at the Authority’s Central Management Office. If you are not satisfied with the resolution of your complaint, you may contact your HRHA Chairmen of the Board of Commissioners at 804-720-2581.

The Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, familial status of handicap. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may call the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity National Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-424-8590.