Request for Proposals (RFP) for Project Based Vouchers – January 2022

Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) will accept Proposals for project-based vouchers until 4:00 p.m. local prevailing time, February 11, 2022 at 286 Kelley Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. Copies of the Request for Proposals identifying the scope of services and evaluation factors for selection may be obtained from the Authority’s Office (286 Kelley St Harrisonburg), by calling (540) 434-7386 or from the Authority’s webpage.

Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprises are encouraged to submit proposals.

Michael G. Wong Executive Director, HRHA

HRHA Giving Tree / Christmas Program Suspended for 2021

Due to ongoing software transitions and agency changes, the HRHA Giving Tree/Christmas Gift program is suspended for this year. We are really saddened that we will be unable to pull this program together this year. We do however encourage you to support or connect with organizations like the Salvation Army (Angel Tree), Department of Social Services (seeking gift cards), and others who are running similar programs this Holiday season.

If you would like to support our families in other ways, such as through FSS Programming, scholarship support, garden events, and more please consider a donation through our website at


We hope to continue the Giving Tree program in 2022. Thank you for your understanding! 

Harrisonburg Homebuyer Assistance Program Supports Five First-time Homebuyers in 2021

As part of a larger City initiative to increase homeownership, HRHA coordinates the Harrisonburg Homebuyer Assistance Program to support low to moderate income families and individuals purchase homes in the City of Harrisonburg. Around 100 individuals and families applied for the program this year. For those not initially eligible, the program coordinator connects them with local resources to improve credit, learn more about the homebuying process, and increase their income. In 2021 alone, four families worked through the process and received down payment and closing cost assistance, with a fifth family set to close by end of year. The program provides a combined $10,000 in assistance as well as education and advocacy through the homebuying process. Down Payment funds are provided on a low interest loan through HRHA, while closing cost assistance is provided through CDBG funds through the City of Harrisonburg.

Initial program eligibility is determined based on income (between 50% and 80% AMI) and credit score (above 620). The program is open to first time homebuyers looking to purchase a home within Harrisonburg City limits under $250,000. Additional program information can be found on our website at: 

Congratulations to our 5 new homeowners of 2021!


“The Homebuyer Assistance Program was invaluable to us as first time homebuyers. It allowed us to make a larger down payment which should really help us out financially in the long term. The online course presented a lot of useful information and was user friendly, making it easy to understand all the new information that can otherwise be intimidating when it is your first time buying a home. We are so thankful that we had the opportunity to participate in this program and purchase our first home!”

Melody M.
Homebuyer Assistance Recipient July 2021





“Gracias al programa de Asistencia al Comprador de Vivienda, logré uno de mis sueños, que era tener mi casa. Un millón de gracias por su paciencia y trabajar con nosotros todos los días.”

“Thanks to the Homebuyer Assistance program, I achieved one of my dreams, which was to have my house. Thank you a million for your patience and working with us every day.”

Luis M.
Homebuyer Assistance Recipient October 2021

(CLOSED) HRHA is Hiring 2 Positions!

Resident Services & Communications Coordinator: APPLY now on Indeed! 

Position Description

Position Title: Resident Services and Communications Coordinator

Reports To: Executive Director

Function: Coordinates, directs, and assists in the provision of resident services and leads the Authority’s public communications efforts. Provides data support to the family self-sufficiency program, assists in developing and coordinating programs that improve resident’s education, health, and financial independence. Leads and coordinates the Authority’s homeownership program and communications initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Serves as the Authority’s FSS Coordinator overseeing the administration of that Program in accordance with the Action Plan and grant requirements. Ensures program participants and escrow funds are documented within required data systems and that activities meet or achieve the program goals and objectives.

2. Collaborates with the Housing Choice Voucher, Franklin Heights, JR Polly, Lineweaver Annex, and Commerce Village Program Managers, to identify perspective participants for participation, develops a detailed annual Resident Initiatives Strategy per program area for the approval of the Executive Director. Prepares annual performance assessment and is responsible for achievement of resident services goals.

  • Updates, develops and composes the Authority’s bi monthly newsletter, annual reports, website, and social media. Documents the Authority’s achievements to publish on a routine and regular basis. Assists in the development and implementation of public relations strategies and associated events.
  • Leads and coordinates the Authority’s homeownership down payment and closing costs assistance program consistent with grant requirements. Markets the program to perspective participants and determines eligibility of program participants. Maintains the necessary grant documentation and data reporting requirements
  • Coordinate referrals to and access to community based supportive services for participants including but not limited to mental health, GED programs, employment workshops, financial education, substance abuse with appropriate community agencies.
  • Pro-actively develop and promote self-reliance activities for families including but not limited to Financial Counseling, Homeownership and GED programs. Arrange for education sessions on such topics as tenant rights and responsibilities; elderly abuse; aging-in-place and maintaining independent living.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $42,000.00 – $45,000.00 per year

APPLY now on Indeed! 


Housing Choice Voucher Specialist – APPLY now on Indeed

Position Description

Position Title: Housing Choice Voucher Specialist

Reports To: Housing Choice Voucher Program Manager

Function: Under the direction of the HCV Manager, performs case management activities consistent with the voucher rental assistance program. Accurately maintains a caseload of program participants under HUD regulations and HRHA policies including HRHA’s HCV Administrative Plan.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provides case management to assigned caseload: maintains participant contact by phone, mail, email and in person. Assures that participants fulfill their responsibility to provide accurate verification and timely submission of required documents. Provides information and training as needed to participants on the use of online forms, portals, and HRHA tools. Complies with fair housing rules, privacy/confidentiality requirements, language accessibility policies, and reasonable accommodations procedures.

2. Interviews and processes eligible households for Section 8 rental assistance, ensuring that applicants understand program rules and complete and sign required documents and forms.

3. Schedules, prepares material for, and conducts participant briefings. Counsels applicants/participants regarding their various options for suitable and qualified housing.

4. Reviews incoming requests for lease approval for rent burden and rent reasonableness, and requests inspections. Contacts owners and prospective owners to explain program requirements, including Housing Quality Standards (HQS). Prepares necessary forms and secures signatures to finalize agreements between participants, landlords/owners and HRHA. Follows up to obtain required documents, forms and signatures from owners

5. Verifies participant income, asset, expense, family, and unit information to correctly determine eligibility and voucher size, and to calculate accurate rent, subsidy, and utility allowance and reimbursement amounts. Provides timely notice of adjustments to participants and owners.

6. Performs reexaminations as needed for required interim and annual certifications, and explains in terms the client understands to ensure compliance with program rules.

7. Communicates with owners and HRHA inspector about any problems/lease violations. Places cases on hold and/or terminates HAP contract as needed.

8. Processes requests for portability (both in and out)

9. Addresses program abuse allegations, issues program warning or notice of termination as needed. Prepares hearing information and participates in hearing as needed.

10. Maintains and updates household and owner files consistent with HCV program standards and agency recordkeeping procedures, including scans/uploads and data entry in HRHA’s software.

11. Provides standard information on HCV program requirements and procedures in response to inquiries from applicants, prospective applicants, owners, participants, and other interested parties.

12. Prepares reports and subsidy payment information as needed. Attends meetings as necessary. Maintains effective working relationships internally with property managers, finance, and family self-sufficiency, as well as with external owners and partners.

13. Performs other related duties and tasks as assigned.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $39,000.00 – $42,000.00 per year

APPLY now on Indeed

City of Harrisonburg to Host Community Needs Meeting December 6, 2021

The City of Harrisonburg is hosting a public meeting on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lucy F. Simms Center to gather input as the City initiates the preparation of its 2022-2026 Consolidated Plan, 2022 Annual Action Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The City of Harrisonburg is working to identify community development priorities, fair and affordable housing needs, and factors that shape equal access to housing.

All community partners, members, and residents are invited to attend. Individuals who are unable to attend may submit written comments to Kristin McCombe at or by mail to 409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA  22801.

HRHA And Community Stakeholders to Host Housing Summit October 30

HRHA is collaborating with the JMU School of Professional and Continuing Education, the City of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, and other local stakeholders to host a community housing summit on October 30. Our housing challenges and opportunities require collaboration from across our community. This includes housing partners, faith groups, government officials, non-profits, social service agencies, academic institutions, developers, and residents.

The summit will be in a hybrid format and will allow experts and community participants to participate virtually and in-person. The community is welcome to join this important dialogue on how to improve our community’s local housing conditions through addressing policies, equity and housing solutions. Summit is free and lunch is provided.

Please register and join us on October 30

Housing Summit Details 

Location:             JMU-Union Ballroom

Date:                    October 30

Time:                    10:00-3:00 (Doors open at 9:30am)

Sessions will feature local leaders, non-profit partners, area residents, developers, and more.



Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority

James Madison University-School of Professional and Continuing Education


City of Harrisonburg

Rockingham County

Faith in Action

Harrisonburg Rockingham Realtors Association

United Way of Harrisonburg Rockingham County

Steering Committee:

Candy Phillips, First Step

Sam Nickels, Our Community Place

Amy Snyder, City of Harrisonburg

Rhonda Cooper, Rockingham County

Carol Fleming, JMU-School of Professional and Continuing Education

Robert Hill, Harrisonburg Rockingham Realtors Association

Jo Benjamin, United Way of Harrisonburg Rockingham County

Nadia Dames, Faith in Action

Isaiah Mejah, Western Virginia Continuum of Care

Michael Wong, Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority

(CLOSED) HRHA is Hiring! Maintenance Aid

Position Title:        Maintenance Aide

Reports To:            Facilities and Construction Manager

Function: Primary duties are to provide cleaning services at Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority offices and apartment complexes. Also to assist in other duties which include ground work, painting, and minor maintenance in dwelling units under the general supervision of a Maintenance Mechanic.

Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Cleaning – Lineweaver Building, Commerce Village, administrative offices and other buildings operated by the Housing Authority as needed.
  • Monitor the properties during the course of daily tasks, reporting to supervisor any items that need services of the maintenance department.
  • Supplies-responsible for keeping account of supplies and materials needed for job completion.
  • Grounds Maintenance – mowing, cleaning (trash pick up, etc.), weeding plants and flowers, pruning flowers.
  • Painting – ability to paint apartments and all common areas of apartment complex
  • Minor Maintenance repair – other maintenance work, as long as it is done under the supervision of the Maintenance Mechanic I.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Facilities and Construction Manager

Skills needed:

  • Ability to treat all residents with respect
  • Experienced in operating a variety of equipment including floor machines, lawn mowers, snow blowers and other small hand tools
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Able to prioritize and complete tasks and follow specified procedures
  • Physically capable of lifting 50 pounds
  • Driving – must have valid driver’s license -able to drive, following all laws and safety rules

This is a part time position of 29 hours per week.

Hourly rate $11 to $12 or commensurate with experience

Applications available or deliver resume to:

Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Attn: Duane Bontrager

286 Kelley Street

Harrisonburg, Virginia


Or email resume to:

Public Comment Notice for MtW Safe Harbor Policies

The Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners will receive public comment at a special meeting on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 on its Moving to Work Safe Harbor Policy beginning at 4:00PM, or as soon thereafter as possible. This meeting will be held at the Harrisonburg City Council chambers located at 409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Moving to Work documents are available for public review and comment during office hours at HRHA’s offices at 286 Kelley Street and 143 Reservoir Street, Harrisonburg and at

First Annual Back to School Bash Provides Resources and Fun for Families

On September 11, 2021, HRHA hosted the first annual Back to School Bash for Franklin Heights Families. HRHA worked with 10 community partners to create an event that was fun, safe, and helpful for families. We had a wonderful turnout and the weather as near perfect. Neighborhood children helped clean up the area for the event and community partners started arriving around 4:00pm to set up their stations. The event was held in the grassy area behind the Reservoir Street apartments near Kiwanis Park.

Children were invited to take a ‘passport’ that include the names of each partner at the event. Children then went table to table or activity to activity to get a stamp from each partner. Competed passports earned them a goodie bag from HRHA that included pencils, snacks, and coupons.

We are incredibly grateful to the following agencies and community groups who partnered with us this year. They include:

  • The Ice Cream Pedaler who provided home made ice cream made by bicycle!
  • Harrisonburg Baptist Church who brought a popcorn machine and all sorts of yard games. The big beach ball was a huge hit.
  • Massanutten Regional Library who brought books and signs ups for library cards.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters who spoke with families about their programs, including the new Sports Buddies Program. The even brought donuts and inflatable bowling.
  • Jones Garden who had children and families brush up on their herb identification with a matching game.
  • The Gus Bus, a regular in our neighborhoods, who had all sorts of goodies and learning materials.
  • Students in the Harrisonburg High School Governor’s STEM Academy who held paper airplane making and launching tutorials.
  • Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation who held DIY lava lamp making demos.
  • Boys and Girls Club who shared about scholarship opportunities for our families.
  • Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) who shared vaccine information with residents while having face to face conversations on vaccine hesitancy and safety.

HRHA also gave out school kits and supplies thanks to the support of United Way.

Hope to see you next year!

Heidi with Harrisonburg Baptist poses with a bag of popcorn next to a red popcorn machine.

Heidi from Harrisonburg Baptist Church poses with a bag of popcorn.

A family talks with Elizabeth from Big Brothers Big Sisters at a table.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County shared about their new Sports Buddies program (and had donuts and lawn bowling).

An employee with the Virginia Department of Health and a young girl stand side by side at the VDH table under a canopy.

Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) shared vaccine information with residents while having face to face conversations on vaccine hesitancy and safety.

David King sits on top of the bike he uses to make ice cream.

David King, the Ice Cream Pedaler, churns a fresh batch of homemade ice cream while HHS students study the process.

Kids stand on four corners of a 5ft high 4-square volleyball net.

Naomi of Jones Garden and Franklin Heights children try their hands at a game of volleyball 4-square.

David King of the Ice Cream Pedaler stands with two HHS students at the Back to School Bash under a canopy.

David King (right) and HSS STEM students served up bike-made ice cream.

From Housing Assistance to Home Ownership

All participants who choose to enroll in the Family Self-Sufficiency program (FSS) are invited to establish goals when they sign the 5-year contract. Many participants aim to take the many steps needed to prepare for home ownership. This involves working on their credit, budgeting, securing a higher paying job, and learning about the home buying process.

In July, FSS participant Amber closed on her home and moved out of Franklin Heights. Amber joined FSS when she moved into Franklin Heights in 2019 and successfully worked through the program to secure a higher paying job. Amber shares her reflection about moving from housing assistance to home ownership.

“I was on the waiting list for what seemed to be a very long time. When I finally got a call I was so relieved due to being a single mother of two children and struggling with a stressful low wage job and life expenses. When I moved to the Franklin Heights neighborhood I found the most amazing neighbors, to what now feels like family. I joined the FSS program after a couple weeks of being in my apartment and I was beyond grateful for the wonderful people in the FSS community.

I loved the interaction, the encouragement, and being able to discuss my dreams. I got great advice and help with things I wanted out of life that I had no clue how to do myself or where to start. My FSS caseworker Everett made things so clear, easy and understanding. He was so helpful in helping me get my goals, dreams written down and kept me motivated to try my best with check ins each month. I went to school for medical assistance. I got an amazing job in the Healthcare industry. My children have grown and learned from this experience as well, watching me keep going on my goals. We have graduated from the FSS Program and we just moved into our new home. We have a new and bright outlook on life, and I give a great thanks to this community for their support.” – Amber G.