Virginia Center for Housing Research Projects

Homeownership Affordability in Virginia (2004)

Despite much more rapid increases in housing prices than incomes, the median house sold (excluding most new construction) remains affordable to the median family in the state.   In addition, the median house remains affordable to the median family within every VAR market area of the state. Although the average Virginian cannot afford to buy the median house in Northern Virginia-Fairfax and Dulles-Loudoun, the average family in Northern Virginia can.  

Affordable Housing Demand in Henrico County, Chesterfield County and City of Richmond (2004)

Housing demand has grown steadily in Henrico and Chesterfield Counties in both the owner and renter housing markets (Figure 1 and Table 1).  There were nearly the same number of owner households in Henrico and Chesterfield Counties in 1990 (about 58,000).  Both areas grew substantially in the number of owners during the 1990s, increasing 25% in Henrico and 30% in Chesterfield.  Based on currently available population projections and income trends during the 1990s, we project both the numerical increase and the rate of increase to slow during the current decade (2000-2010).&nb

Evaluation of the HUD Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity (ECHO) Program (2003)

The challenges identified through researching the background of ECHO housing including
zoning issues and examining the demonstration program will clearly need to be addressed
before taking the program to a national scale. The evaluation of the HUD ECHO
demonstration program resulted in the following recommendations.

Housing Market Conditions and Housing Needs in Chesterfield County, Virginia (2003)

The demand for housing in Chesterfield County has increased at a steady pace. The county has become the region’s largest location of owneroccupied housing, particularly for family housing. It plays an important role in providing affordable homeownership opportunities as well as ownership opportunities for minorities.  In addition, the county is important as a source of rental housing for families and increasingly for the elderly (many of whom probably were homeowners within the county).

The Diffusion of Innovation in the Residential Building Industry (2003)

builders are more likely to adopt innovations than are single-family production builders. Although sales and
supplier representatives, subcontractors, and trade shows are important sources of information about new
products and materials for all builders, early-stage adopters rely on technology transfer programs and
universities more than middle or late-stage adopters do. Although small, less established manufacturers often
are the first to introduce new products, residential building construction relies heavily on established

Socioeconomic and Housing Trends in Central Appalachia (2002)

Appalachia has long held the reputation of an “under developed, lagging region” (Isserman 1996b, 2).  Limited economic opportunities and spatial isolation have always been major contributors to the region’s under-development.  However, recent reports (Isserman 1996a and Isserman 1996b) reveal that socioeconomic conditions in Appalachia are changing.  More importantly, while many counties in the region are still economically distressed, many counties are growing faster than the nation (Isserman 1996b, 23).  Even with the economic success of some counties

The 2001 Virginia Rural Homeless Survey

During the month of February 2001, the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research and participating social service providers joined forces to count the rural homeless population in Virginia.  The Virginia Housing Study Commission, the Virginia Interagency Action Council (VIACH) for the Homeless, and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) commissioned the Virginia Survey of Rural Homeless in response to House Joint Resolution 257 requesting a study of the number and needs of homeless people living in rural areas of the Commonwealth.

Housing Conditions of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (1997)

Migrant, seasonal workers are a critical labor force for planting and harvesting a variety of
agricultural products in Virginia.  Seasonal surges in demand for such labor are largely met by
migrant workers who come from outside the United States in search of temporary employment.
Within the agricultural economy, the farmer and the migrant worker have a symbiotic relationship
that is structured by several important constraints.  The most important of these are the seasonality