VCHR Publications

Housing Needs Study of the Northern Neck of Virginia

The Northern Neck of Virginia is an area comprised of four rural coastal counties between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, Highway 301 and the Chesapeake Bay:  Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland.

Population growth overall is and has been essentially flat for some time, growing by 5,200 people from 1990-2000 (11.2%), and slowing from 2000-2008.

Assessing Housing and Redevelopment Strategies Portsmouth, Virginia

This report, prepared by the Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, was commissioned by the Portsmouth, Virginia Planning Department and the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority (PRHA). The report is a threefold effort. The main report consists of two components 1) Housing and Redevelopment Opportunities and 2) Housing Redevelopment Strategies. The third component is a special analysis completed by Dr. Ted Koebel’s graduate level planning studio class at Virginia Tech.

Housing Demand Analysis Northampton County, Virginia

This report assesses the demand for affordable housing in Northampton County, Virginia.  The assessment includes an analysis of the gap between the supply of affordable housing and the demand (or need) for such housing as of April 1, 2000 utilizing special tabulations of Census 2000 data; an assessment of post-2000 growth trends; projections of housing demand for 2010 and 2020; and a discussion of strategies to promote the development of affordable housing.   

Housing Needs and Market Analysis Thomas Jefferson PDC

The need for affordable housing in the Thomas Jefferson PDC is a consistent theme
throughout this report. The Charlottesville MSA had the second highest median gross
rent as a percent of household income in 2005 (31.7%) of all MSA’s in Virginia. The
monthly median gross rent in 2005 for the MSA was $814, and we estimated median
gross rent of $871 for two bedroom apartments on the market in January 2006 in the
PDC. In 2005, the median house value was $225,500 for the Charlottesville MSA and as

Homebuyer Market Analysis for te Virginia Beach Metropolitan Area

Community Housing Partners Corporation contracted the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research (VCHR) to perform a homebuyer market analysis for the Tidewater Region, concentrating on firsttime homebuyers in the affordable housing market. In addition to analyzing this market for the MSA, the analysis focuses on the six major jurisdictions within the MSA: the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton and Newport News. 

Housing Market Conditions and Housing Needs in the City of Chesapeake, Virginia

To assist the planning efforts of the City of Chesapeake, the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR) was contracted to perform a housing market and needs analysis for the Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority.  This report summarizes the findings of that analysis, describes trends from 1990-2000 and projects growth from 2000 to 2010 and 2010 to 2020.  Although the report is a comprehensive assessment of housing conditions and trends, it focuses on affordable housing.    

Augusta County, Virginia Housing Assessment

To assist the planning efforts of Augusta County, the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research (CHR) was contracted to perform a housing market and needs analysis.  This report summarizes the findings of that analysis, describes trends from 1990-2000, projects growth from 2000-2020 and identifies important characteristics of the housing market in Augusta County.   The data used for this effort came primarily from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses, the CHR Housing Model, and the Augusta County Community Development Department.