Assisted-Rental Housing

What is Assisted-Rental Housing?

Grandy Village Duplexes


NHRA owns and manages nearly 4,000 assisted-rental units located throughout Norfolk that provide affordable rents to lower income households, seniors and persons with disabilities. Generally tenants pay 30 percent of their income as rent. NRHA’s Client Services Department in partnership with area agencies, provides resident-focused programs to facilitate achievement of their highest level of economic and social independence.





NRHA is currently accepting wait list applications for the following:

  • Project Based Voucher Program (PBV) for Banks at Berkley 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and 3 bedroom handicap accessible apartments. Applications are available for download July 13 – until further notice.
  • Project Based Voucher Program (PBV) for Church Street Station studio apartments. Applications are available until further notice.
  • Elderly and/or disabled communities including Partrea Midrise, Sykes Midrise, Hunter Square Midrise, and Bobbitt Midrise. 2 bedroom apartments ONLY. Applications are available for download Thursday, July 13, 2017 until further notice.
  • Project Based Voucher Program (PBV) for Diggs Town, Grandy Village (1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms), North Wellington (3 and 4 bedrooms), and Franklin Arms (1 and 2 bedrooms). Applications are available for download Thursday, July 13, 2017 until further notice.
  • 2+ bedrooms apartments in our Family Communities. One bedroom list is closed at this time. Applications currently available for download until further notice
  • Those in need of wheelchair accessible, visual or hearing impaired apartment in our ALL Family Communities. Applications currently available for download until further notice.

Download Housing Application 


How Do I Apply?

Applications are available online during designated times when waitlists are open.

If you are unable to print the online application, you may pick it up on the second Thursday of each month between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon ONLY at 555 E. Main Street, 1st floor, Norfolk, VA 23510

All application must be mailed to:

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Occupancy Department
PO Box 968
Norfolk, VA 23501

Hand delivered, faxed, Federal Express or certified mailed applications will NOT be accepted; Fax is accepted as a reasonable accommodation for persons with a disability. For questions call (757) 624-8615

Please allow 90-120 days for your application to be processed. You may call and check your status after the processing period.

Automated Information Line: (757) 624-8600

General Information or Reasonable Accommodation: (624-8615)

Wait List Information: (757) 314-2665

TDD Line: 1-800-545-1833


 Criteria for families to move into Grandy Revitalization include: 

  • Income of 60% or less of Average Median Income (AMI)
  • Employed for past 6 months and working at least 29 hours per week, unless elderly or disabled household
  • Must have acceptable landlord reference for the last 12 months
  • Children must be attending and in good standing as defined by the Norfolk Public School System 
  • Any household member who is 16 years of age and older and not attending school full time shall be employed at minimum 20 hours per week and involved in a job training or vocational program.

Income Limits:

Maximum Income Limits of Area Median Income (AMI)     
  40% 50% 60% 80%
1 Person       $20,440 $25,550 $30,660 $40,900
2 Person $23,360 $29,200 $35,040 $46,750
3 Person $26,280 $32,850 $39,420 $52,600
4 Person $29,200 $36,500  $43,800 $58,400
5 Person $31,560 $39,450 $47,340 $63,100
6 Person $33,880  $42,350 $50,820  $67,750
7 Person $36,240 $45,300 $54,360 $72,450
8 Person $38,560 $48,200 $57,840 $77,100










To qualify to live in the below communities, your income must not exceed the AMI outlined.


Calvert Square – 80% AMI
Diggs Town – 80% AMI
Grandy Village – 80% AMI
Oakleaf Forest– 80% AMI
Tidewater Gardens- 80% AMI
Young Terrace – 80% AMI

Midrise Communities (Elderly and Disabled)

Sykes Apartments – 80% AMI
Hunter Square Apartments – 80% AMI
Robert Partrea Apartments – 80% AMI
Eulalie Bobbitt Apartments – 80% AMI

Tax Credit Communities:

Franklin Arms (Elderly Only) – 40% or 50% AMI
Grandy Revitalization (Workforce Community) - 60 % AMI  

Who is Eligible?

Assisted-Rental 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.  
  4. Your references, verified to ensure you and your family will be good tenants.

If you are eligible, the NRHA will check your references to ensure you and your family will be good tenants. NRHA 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 Assisted-Rental Housing or Housing Choice Voucher Program Participants 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.

How Does the Application Process Work?

The NRHA 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 rent burdened.
  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. NRHA 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.

When Will I Be Notified?

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

Are There Any Selection Preferences?

Yes, giving preferences to specific groups of families enables NRHA to direct their limited housing resources to the families with the greatest housing needs.  Click here to see NRHA Selection Preferences.

How is Rent Determined?

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 of the highest of the below formula:

  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 NRHA at this time

Will I Have to Sign a Lease?

If you are offered a unit and accept it, you will have to sign a lease with NRHA.  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.

What is the Role of NRHA?

NRHA is responsible for the management and operation of assisted-rental communities which include:

  • 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.

How Long Can I Stay in Assisted-Rental Housing?

In general, you may stay in assisted-rental 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.

Fair Housing Policy

The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, familial status or 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.

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NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION - NRHA provides equal housing and employment opportunities for all persons. NRHA does not discriminate against any applicant, resident or employee on the basis of disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, familial status or national origin in the admission, access or operations of programs, services or activities. NRHA complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. An internal grievance procedure is available to resolve complaints. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you have the right to file a complaint of discrimination  by calling toll free (888) 799-2085. Qualified individuals who need communication aids, services or other accommodations to participate in programs and activities are invited to make your needs known to the 504/ADA Coordinator, Kim Thomas (757) 623-1111. Please give NRHA at least seven to ten days advance notice to meet your needs