VAHCDO plays an important role in the formulation of housing and redevelopment policy in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Such policy influence results from the strength and support of our member agencies and the effective leadership of Board of Directors. VAHCDO representatives interact regularly with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD), Virginia Housing Study Commission, and the Virginia Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). VAHCDO has also joined with the Virginia Housing Coalition (VHC) in addressing policy issues of mutual concern such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program.
Since 1941, the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials (VAHCDO) has assisted Virginia's redevelopment and housing authorities and local government housing and community development departments in promoting affordable housing opportunities and vibrant communities. VAHCDO is organized as a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code with a mission designed to support its members' efforts to improve the health and living standards of Virginia's citizens, encourage community development, eliminate substandard and inadequate housing, eradicate slums, blighted or deteriorating areas, and promote other such actions to help achieve the goal of providing a decent home and suitable living environment for Virginia's families.
Our organization is engaged in four primary activities to accomplish its mission:
- Fostering an environment which promotes communication and networking among entities engaged in the housing and community development industry;
- Facilitating member training;
- Participating in the formulation of state housing and community development policy; and
- Providing scholarship opportunities to foster the higher education aspirations of students residing in public and Section 8 assisted housing.