Permanent Supportive Housing for People with Serious Mental Illness in Virginia:

The 2017 General Assembly approved a budget including language directing the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to develop and implement strategies for housing people with serious mental illness (SMI) in Virginia, that may include potential Medicaid financing, and to submit an annual report regarding these efforts. To fulfill this request, DHCD has worked closely with the Department of Medicaid Services (DMAS); the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS); and the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA.)  In addition, VHDA contracted with Technical Assistance Collaborative to research and recommend strategies for the financing of supportive housing and supportive services for individuals with SMI in Virginia. DHCD established an external Stakeholder group – the “Strategy Group” – to further advise the agencies and TAC on potential strategies for housing people with SMI.

TAC conducted the following activities in order to inform the forthcoming report:

  • Stakeholder Interviews with:  The Norfolk, Piedmont, Richmond and Suffolk Community Services Boards (CSBs); Virginia Association of CSBs; Pathways Home; NAMI of Virginia; VOCAL; Mental Health America of Virginia; Virginia Housing Alliance, the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice; the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association; and Sheriff Steve Draper and Major Laura Hopkins. 
  • State Agency Interviews with: DHCD, DBHDS, DMAS, and VHDA
  • Meetings with the Strategy Group: TAC facilitated three meetings with the Strategy Group. The first session was to share and gather information; the second to obtain feedback on observations about housing and services for individuals with SMI in Virginia and the third session to review preliminary recommendations.

The PowerPoint presentation here summarizes the preliminary Recommended Strategies to expand permanent supportive housing (PSH), an evidence-based approach for housing persons with serious mental illness in Virginia. The recommendations are organized in the following manner:

  • Opportunities to Expand PSH through DMAS
  • Opportunities to Expand PSH through DBHDS
  • Opportunities to Expand PSH through Capital and Rental Assistance
  • Opportunities to Expand PSH through Systems Supports
  • Opportunities to Expand PSH through Public/Private Partnerships

Comments on the recommendations are due no later than COB December 13, 2017 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TAC will be providing an overview of the recommendations via a webinar, “Permanent Supportive Housing for People with Serious Mental Illness in Virginia: Opportunities and Recommendations,” on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST  The webinar is free but you must register in order to participate by clicking on the link below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


2017 BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE DESIGN COMPETITION at the Governor's Housing Conference

MAY 26, 2017: Phase I Submission Deadline
JUNE 15, 2017: Phase I Winner Announcement/Invitation to Phase II
AUGUST 18, 2017: Phase II Submission Deadline
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017: Phase II Winner Announcement

For more information please click on the link below.



Manufactured Housing Installers Program (MHIP)

DHCD State Building Code Office (SBCO) is pleased to announce the availability of the Manufactured Housing Installers Program (MHIP) now online through the Jack A Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy Knowledge Center. Completion of this program is required for all installers of manufactured homes in Virginia prior to application for the mandatory licensure issued by the VA Department of Professional Occupation and Regulation (DPOR).
Due to technical issues electronic payment for the program cannot be accepted at this time. After completing the training program users will be prompted to print the ‘attendance certificate’ necessary to receive ‘Completion verification’ required by DPOR.
Instructions for receiving the required ‘completion verification’.
1.  Complete the On-line MHIP. Instructions for accessing the VBCA KC and establishing a user account.
2.  Follow instructions to print the Attendance certificate
3.  Mail attendance certificate and $50 fee (check made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia) to:

Cindy Davis
600 E. Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219
For problems with the Knowledge Center  or questions regarding the Manufactured Housing Installers Program please contact the State Building Code Office at (804) 371-7150