DHCD events


What is Main Street: A Strategic, Outcome-oriented Revitalization Approach

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Noon-1 p.m.

What will your downtown be like in 10-15 years? Is that future bright? The most successful towns understand they must nurture that community core to make it happen.

Creating thriving small- and mid-sized towns is no small task. It requires local leaders, business owners and community residents to come together to identify their assets, strategically situate themselves in their regional economy and develop a shared vision and identity to sell to the world. Communities make this vision a reality by creating quality public spaces, prioritizing local entrepreneurship and supporting downtown housing. To achieve this, community leaders need a strategic, outcome-oriented revitalization approach.

This webinar covers the basics of the Virginia Main Street Program and Main Street Approach for preservation-based downtown revitalization, which has been used in Virginia and nationwide for almost 40 years. You will learn how to utilize the approach to create economic impact in your community. New downtown managers, board members and other stakeholders of historic commercial districts are encouraged to participate, as are experienced Main Street staff and municipal partners who want a refresher in the Main Street model.

About the speakers:

Rebecca Rowe, Program Manager

Kyle Meyer, Community Revitalization Specialist

Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Main Street Program



Virginia Main Street Regional Rev Up

The Six Q’s of Marketing

April 16, 18, & 23, 2019

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

How effective is your business at reaching and attracting a targeted customer base? Do you wish that your Main Street organization could skillfully build awareness among volunteers and potential donors to support the mission?

Whether you are trying to increase your sales, recruit a new business, or secure more funding for your program, the basics of marketing to your audience are the same. In this spring Regional Rev Up, led by the destination marketing leaders of Virginia Tourism, we will answer the “Six Questions of a Marketing Plan” and help you develop your strategy for marketing to any audience.

Join us for this half-day workshop that will be educational, inspiring, and fun! Registration is only $15 to cover lunch from a local eatery. Registration for each Rev Up session closes one week prior to the event, register now to reserve your spot!

April 16 – Southern Region Guncotton Coffee 238 East Broadway Hopewell, Virginia

April 18 – Southwestern Region 7 Dogs Brew Pub 370 West Spring Street Wytheville, Virginia

April 23 – Northern Region The Confident Rabbit 309 William Street Fredericksburg, Virginia



Weatherization Assistance Program 2019 State Plan

The public hearing will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Street Centre, 600 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, on the 12th floor in the North Conference Room. The Weatherization Assistance Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and is administered in the Commonwealth of Virginia by DHCD. The program’s purposes are to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce total residential energy expenditures, and improve health and safety, especially of persons who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, disabled, and children. Interested parties are invited to provide comment regarding the Weatherization Assistance Program.

If you cannot attend the public hearing, you may state your interest or concerns through written testimony mailed to Susan Hill, Weatherization Assistance Program Administrator, DHCD, 600 E. Main Street, Ste. 300, Richmond, VA 23219. Copies of the draft 2019 Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan will be available on DHCD’s website (http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov), for inspection at the hearing location, or in advance by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Acquire, Renovate, Sell (ARS) How-to-Apply Workshop


The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a rescheduled how-to-apply workshop for the new program, Acquire, Renovate, Sell (ARS). The workshop was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The goal of this program is to transform previously undervalued homes into community assets and create new homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income, first-time homebuyers.

This is a collaborative program through DHCD and the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA). Under the program, grantees will acquire the homes with leveraged funding, renovate the homes with ARS funding, then resell the homes at fair market value.

While there is no fee to attend, please be sure to register.