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  Funding Opportunity Details
 20538-COVID-19 Emergency Funding Support: HUD Housing Counseling Network
  COVID-19 Emergency Funding Support
  Application Deadline: 05/29/2020 11:59 PM
Award Amount Range: $500.00 - $75,000.00
Project Start Date: 06/01/2020
Project End Date: 08/31/2020
Award Announcement Date:
Program Officer: Luke Tate
Phone: 804-343-5778 x
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Notice of Funding Opportunity:

COVID-19 Emergency Funding Support: HUD Housing Counseling Network

April 2020


Funding Purpose:

Virginia Housing reinvests a portion of our net revenues into Virginia’s communities through REACH Virginia (Resources Enabling Affordable Community Housing in Virginia). This is a multifaceted resource that VHDA uses to support vital housing initiatives through our Homeownership, Rental, and Community Outreach programs.

A primary goal of our Strategic Plan focuses on the strength and sustainability of the Commonwealth’s housing services delivery network.   In response to the COVID-19 emergency which has generated unprecedented challenges for our communities, Virginia Housing is committing over $12 million in REACH funds to help support and maintain this network’s critical service delivery and operational capacity. The purpose of the COVID-19 Emergency Funding Support is to support efforts to maintain the capacity of six critical housing networks: HUD Housing Counseling, Virginia Habitat for Humanity Affiliates, Virginia Housing’s Housing Choice Voucher Network, Virginia Housing’s Accessibility Network, Virginia’s Public Housing Authorities, and Virginia’s Non-Profit Housing Developers.


Eligibility Criteria:

  1. HUD Approved Local Housing Counseling Agencies and HUD Approved Participating Housing Counseling Agencies
  2. HUD Approved Multi-State Organizations doing business in Virginia, or National intermediaries with Virginia branches are eligible to apply, however please note that answers to application questions must only reflect Virginia services and funding can only support the Virginia location.


Program Parameters:

  • Costs that are reasonable and necessary for the entity to continue operations to provide housing services. Eligible budget items are detailed within the application budget.


  • Not eligible: Direct client assistance such as but not limited to rent / mortgage assistance, utility assistance, food or medical costs.


  • Funding shall not duplicate funding received by the eligible organization from other initiatives including Federal Stimulus Funding and/or entities including HUD, DHCD, local governments, foundations, donations, etc.


  • Virginia Housing may conduct a review of how funds were spent to ensure proper accountability and compliance with program requirements.  The findings of a review may serve as a basis for determining future grant funding. Grantees will be notified at least fifteen (15) days prior to reviews.


Application Process:

Agencies seeking funding should apply to VHDA’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) using VHDA’s Grants Management System at

For questions concerning this program or assistance with application submission, contact

Application Requirements:

Application accepted via VHDA Grants Management System (GMS)

Applicants may request funding based on the tiered levels defined in Chart 1. The levels align with the total households served in your HUD FY19 reporting period (October 1, 2018 – Sept 30, 2019)

Chart 1.

Total Households HUD FY19 October 1, 2018 – Sept 30 2019


under 150


151 – 500


Above 501


For Example, if HUD Agency ABC Non-profit documented 350 households in the Total Activities Column on their Quarter 4 FY19 9902 they are eligible to request up to $50,000.00.


The selected agencies will receive an Award Notification if approved for funds.

Funds will be issued to the agency via direct deposit within thirty (30) business days of award notification.

Agencies are required to submit a report via the grants management system (GMS) detailing the impact of funds no more than ninety (90) days after receipt of award.

All applicants have the option to submit a request at for a debriefing within 30 days of approval or denial.

The period of performance for this funding opportunity is June 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020.


Important Dates:

NOFO Announcement

April 27, 2020

Application Due Date & Time

May 29, 2020, 11:59pm


 April 29, 2020 & May 1, 2020 - web-ex links provided below

Award Announcements 
(subject to change)

On a rolling basis as applications are processed, no more than 30 days from submitted date


COVID-19 Emergency Funding Support Program WebEx

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm
To register for this training session, go to
Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Time: 10:00 am
To register for this training session, go to and register.
Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. 



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