Virginia Center for Housing Research Projects

The Housing Virginia PLAYBOOK

The Virginia Center for Housing Research developed and updates an online searchable tool of affordable housing policies and programs in Virginia. This thorough inventory documents the policies and programs in place for Virginia’s 134 counties and independent cities. Users may search by either the locality or by 19 broad policy categories. The project is supported by the nonprofit organization Housing Virginia.

The Housing Virginia Affordability SOURCEBOOK

The Virginia Center for Housing Research continues to provide quarterly updates for Housing Virginia’s Housing Affordability Sourcebook, an online tool for determining housing affordability. The Housing Affordability Sourcebook is available at A variety of housing affordability measures, including a series of housing affordability indices based on median housing cost and median income, are available for the state, metropolitan statistical areas, and Virginia localities.

The Housing Policy Advisory Council Report (2018)

In October 2014, Governor McAuliffe issued Executive Order (EO) 32, “Advancing Virginia’s Housing Policy,” to “identify and implement actions to enable quality, affordable housing, which will strengthen families and communities and foster economic growth.” The Housing Policy Advisory Council (HPAC) was thus established under the leadership of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to help guide the development and implementation of Virginia’s housing policy.


James City County Housing Conditions Study (2017)

VCHR is partnered with czb, LLC and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory (SDAL) to study housing conditions in James City County. VCHR is analyzed ACS and CHAS data; conducted focus groups with County residents; and conducted a county-wide survey about specific housing conditions. czb is conducted a driving field survey and observed more than 13,000 homes in the County. SDAL is mergedCounty data with proprietary data sources to produce a more accurate data set for analysis by VCHR.


Mobile and Maufactured Homes In Central Appalachia and Alabama: Age, Condition and Need for Replacement (2016)

This study provides a comprehensive snapshot of mobile and manufactured housing in Central Appalachia and Alabama and identifies the most pressing needs of residents in the region. Local housing partners plan to build on the findings of the report and develop policy recommendations to address the issues revealed in the study, in particular the cost burden of families living in manufactured housing.

Virginia Beach Housing Needs Assessment, Market Analysis, and Re-Investment Study (2016)

VCHR and czb analyzed City data, publicly available data and data collected from residents and expert stakeholders as a part of the Housing Needs, Housing Market Analysis, and Housing Re-investment Study for the City of Virginia Beach. At the culmination of this analysis, VCHR and czb identified three primary conditions that form the basis of our recommendations.

Housing Needs and Trends in Central Appalachia and Appalachian Alabama (2016)

The analysis performed by VCHR uses both quantitative and geospatial methods to identify housing trends across the region; however, the trend may be stronger, weaker, or non-existent for some topics. VCHR indicates the significance of these trends where possible and maintains an unbiased presentation of the findings. This report presents each topic in the context of other trends to offer a more complete understanding of the figures produced in the analysis. Though comprehensive, the data and resulting analysis have raised additional questions.

Housing the Richmond Region: Needs, Impediments, and Strategies (2015)

The Social Stability Work Plan of the Capital Region Collaborative (CRC) calls for the development of “a Regional Housing Alliance to coordinate the research and evaluation of existing housing availability and impediments to achieving the goal of a community with adequate quality housing for all incomes and circumstances with access to jobs and commerce.” The CRC is a joint effort of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission and the Greater Richmond Chamber. The CRC was formed to address issues that are not confined by city or county limits.

The Impact of Energy Efficient Design and Construction on LIHTC Housing in Virginia (2015)

The LIHTC Program is the primary federal housing program designed to create rental housing that is affordable to families and seniors with low and moderate income. Under the program, private investors in affordable rental housing receive a tax credit as an incentive for investment. The program serves families and seniors with incomes up to 60 percent of the area median. In 2014, 60 percent of the area median income was $46,500 for a family of four. The program produces over 100,000 apartments every year nationally and approximately 2,000 per year across Virginia.