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The mission of Homeless and Housing Programs (HHP) is to prevent and alleviate homelessness by providing temporary rental assistance, case management, and housing counseling to individuals and families experiencing a financial crisis that allows them to obtain or maintain permanent housing.
Service Area: HHP serves the counties of Floyd, Giles, Pulaski and Montgomery and the City of Radford.
Eligibility Requirements: For Financial Assistance households must be homeless or at-risk of homelessness per grant guidelines. There are also income and rent requirements that vary by locality. Housing Counseling and Group Education is available to anyone in the community regardless of income.
How to access services: Visit any local Emergency Assistance office to be screened for services.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:00
Lisa Yost, Coordinator
540-633-5133 x. 440
Housing Counseling, and
Financial Assistance is available to those households who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Financial Assistance can pay for deposits, rent and utilities. It is time-limited, and Certified Housing Counselors provide a housing counseling component to facilitate the goal of long-term financial independence for the program participants.
Housing Counseling is offered in 5 areas: pre-purchase, post-purchase, foreclosure prevention, rental, and homelessness. Certified Housing Counselors will listen to your situation—whether you're buying or renting. We can talk to your landlord or mortgage company and help you find local resources to meet your need.
Two FREE Group Education classes are offered: Renter Education and First Time Homebuyers. Renter Education covers fair housing, landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities, energy savings tips, and financial management tips. Classes are held twice a month in each locality and last two hours. You must pre-register to attend. Classes are open to anyone, regardless of income.
The First Time Homebuyers class educates first-time homebuyers and supports them in the process of purchasing a home. Each class is taught by a certified lender and real estate agent. Topics include personal finances, credit, working with a lender, and the role of the real estate agent, the home inspection, the loan closing, and life as a homeowner. All classes are held on Saturdays and last from 9AM to 3PM and you must pre-register to attend. Classes are open to anyone, regardless of income.
The Homebuyer Education program needs qualified real estate agents,lenders, home inspectors and other professionals to teach portions of the Homebuyer Classes. Training is offered through the Virginia Housing Development Authority.