Assisted-Rental Housing

What is Assisted-Rental Housing?

Assisted-Rental Housing PhotographNHRA owns and manages nearly 4,000 assisted-rental units located throughout Norfolk (link to properties) 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.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers federal aid to housing authorities that manage assisted-rental housing as well as HCVs. HUD also furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.

 


The waiting list is open for 2 or more bedrooms and handicap accessible units for all bedroom sizes beginning Thursday, February 9, 2017 until further notice. The one bedroom waiting list will remain closed.

How Do I Apply?

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) assisted-rental housing waiting list will remain open for wheelchair accessible, visual or hearing impaired apartments and for three or more bedroom units in our family communities. 

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Applications may be picked 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 applications must be mailed by U.S. Postal Services and will be accepted by fax as a Reasonable Accommodation ONLY.

Questions or need additional information? 757.624.8615 / TDD 1.800.545.1833

Mailing Your Application

All application must be mailed to:

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

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


Eligible Income Limits for NRHA Assisted Rental Properties

 

 

1 Person

2 Person

3 Person

4 Person

5 Person

6 Person

7 Person

8 Person

                 

30% of Median

14,850

16,950

20,160

24,300

28,440

32,580

36,730

40,890

40%

19,760

22,560

25,400

28,200

30,480

32,720

35,000

37,240

50% Very Low Income

24,700

28,200

31,750

35,250

38,100

40,900

43,750

46,550

60%

29,640

33,840

38,100

42,300

45,720

49,080

52,500

55,860

80% Low-Income

39,500

45,150

50,800

56,400

60,950

65,450

69,950

74,450

100%

49,350

56,400

63,450

70,500

76,140

81,780

87,420

93,060

          * 40% and 50% for Franklin Arms                       * 60% AMI for Grandy Village Revitalization

 

 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.

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.  An internal grievance procedure is available to resolve complaints.  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.  Please give NRHA at least seven to ten days advance notice to meet your needs.

 


Income Limits:

Maximum Income Limits of Area Median Income (AMI)     
  40% 50% 60% 80%
1 Person       $19,880 $24,850 $29,820 $39,700
2 Person $22,720 $28,400  $34,080  $45,400
3 Person $25,560  $31,950 $38,340  $51,050 
4 Person $28,360  $35,450  $42,540  $56,700 
5 Person $30,640 $38,300  $45,960  $61,250
6 Person $32,920  $41,150 $49,380  $65,800
7 Person $35,200 $44,000  $52,800  $70,350
8 Person $37,440 $46,800 $56,160 $74,850

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMI for Communities: 

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

AMI for Midrise Communities (Elderly and Disabled)

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

AMI for 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.

NRHA will monitor its admissions to ensure that at least 40% of families admitted to public housing each fiscal year shall have incomes that do not exceed 30% of the area median income of NRHA’s jurisdiction.  Families whose income does not exceed 30% of area median income are referred to as “extremely low income families”.

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.

NRHA 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. Click here to see HUD income limits.


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 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. 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, unless the agency is able to assist you immediately.  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.


Criteria to Move into Grandy Village Revitalization

• Employed full-time (25 hours per week) for past 12 months, 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 and older and not attending school full time shall be employed at minimum 20 hours per week and/or involved in a job training or vocational program.


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 its local assisted-rental housing programs.  NRHA 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.

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


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. Please give NRHA at least seven to ten days advance notice to meet your needs