Redeveloping and revitalizing Richmond, one neighborhood at a time.
RRHA is a driving force behind the city’s efforts to equitably revitalize Richmond neighborhoods and business districts. Our Real Estate and Community Development team works with partners, stakeholders, and residents to meet the needs of future generations. Brick by brick, block by block.
RRHA replaces distressed public housing with high-quality affordable and mixed-income homes. Each revived community reflects the surrounding neighborhood’s needs.
2019–Present | A part of the Church Hill North residential development initiative, Creighton Court residents are being phased into the revitalized Armstrong Renaissance community.
2021–Present | RAD project to renovate a total of 11 subsidized housing properties (553 units) in partnership with The Michaels Organization (TMO). “Richmond Family 1” (Afton, Bainbridge, and Fulton) and “Richmond Family 2” (Randolph and Stovall) revitalizations were started in 2021. The units will remain affordable for the current residents.
Upcoming | RRHA is in the planning phase for the revitalization of the Mosby Court public housing complex.
2012–Present | RRHA’s first RAD project, residents of this senior community were relocated to 3 redeveloped sites: Highland Park, Baker School, and the Rosa.
Completed | Just south of downtown Richmond is the historic Blackwell community, which was revitalized through a federal HOPE VI grant.
Revitalizing Neighborhoods in Need
RRHA approaches public housing transformation holistically with great consideration of the residents, neighborhoods, community members, business partners, and stakeholders. Our goals are to:
- Design neighborhoods in collaboration with residents and community members, putting their needs at the forefront.
- Secure financing that ensures affordability for the most vulnerable while also serving a range of incomes.
- Provide current RRHA residents a variety of appropriate housing options and the services to support success.
- Prioritize safety, education, inclusion, and access to transportation, amenities, and jobs.
- Attract and retain economic investment to ensure community sustainability for future generations.
How It Works
RRHA leverages the programs listed below and various other local, state, and federal resources to achieve our transformation project goals.
- Low Income Housing Tax Credits
- HUD Section 18 Program
- HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD)
- Project-Based Vouchers
- Historic Tax Credits
- VHDA REACH Program
- DHCD Affordable and Special Needs Housing Program
- City of Richmond’s Capital Improvement Program
When possible, RRHA seeks to phase redevelopment and build new units before any demolition activity occurs to minimize the impact to residents.
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Planning sustainable futures
RRHA planning and development teams work intensively with neighborhood residents, business leaders, area schools, and existing housing and service providers to ensure long-term sustainability for some of Richmond’s most historic neighborhoods.
Elevating neighborhood blocks
RRHA regularly removes blighted buildings either through acquiring and rehabilitating existing houses or demolishing dilapidated buildings and constructing quality, affordable single-family residences. The result can attract families and businesses to the city.
Creating communities of choice
RRHA is revitalizing areas into successful, economically mixed-income, mixed-use, sustainable, communities. This new model of affordable housing is accessible to low-income families and offers better quality housing, greater social integration with the wider community, and greater access to services and amenities.