Friday, October 24, 2014

Public Meeting Notice - Preparation of Annual Action Plan 2015-2016

The City of Richmond will be holding a public hearing to receive comments on the housing and community development needs, including priority non-housing community development needs, within the city of Richmond.  The City is encouraging all citizens, and especially individuals, interested citizens, and groups that advocate for the housing, social, and economic needs of low and moderate income persons/households, special needs populations, and fair housing, to provide comments, written or oral. Comments received will be considered as part of the development of the Annual Action Plan for the City’s four HUD entitlement programs for which the City of Richmond receives funds: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).

A public meeting is planned for Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 5:30 PM to receive comments.  The meeting will be held at the Richmond Department of Economic and Community Development, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23219.  Written comments may be submitted by email at and to the above listed address. Please contact Daniel Mouer at 804.646.7025 if additional information is needed.

The City of Richmond does not discriminate in the admission, access to or treatment in its federally assisted programs or activities. Historic Main Street Station is handicap accessible.  For more information, questions or attendance assistance, please call 804-646-5633.  Virginia Relay Center – TDD users 1-800-828-1120.

Public Notice - Notice of Funding Availability for CGF,CDBG,HOME,ESG and HOPWA Funds

The City of Richmond is beginning preparation of the fiscal year 2015-16 and 2016-17 City General Funds (CGF) Non-Departmental budget and fiscal year 2015-16 Annual Action Plan for the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds.  The Federal funds are entitlement dollars allocated to the City through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for neighborhood development and supportive services.  Only applications for projects within the City of Richmond will be considered, except for HOPWA funds for which the City administers funds for the entire Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Application packages will be available by November 10, 2014 on the City’s website at  Applications packages will also be available at the Main City Library located at 101 E. Franklin Street.  All proposals and applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM on December 18, 2014.  Federal fund applications must be submitted to the Department of Economic & Community Development, 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400 Richmond, VA 23219. City General Fund applications must be submitted to Office of Budget and Strategic Planning, City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, Room 1100, Richmond, VA  23219. Faxes, e-mails and late submissions will not be accepted.

Housing and Community Development Assistance projects using CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA are HUD funded projects; Section 3 business and/or business that employ Section 3 residents are encouraged to respond.

The Department of Economic and Community Development will be holding two public workshops to go over applications and answer any questions applicants may have regarding the CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA programs.  The workshops will be held on Monday November 10th and Thursday November 13, 2014.  Both meetings will start at 5:30 PM and will be located at 1500 E. Main Street, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23219.  For questions about the applications or meetings please call 804-646-5633.

The City of Richmond does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission or access to, or treatment in, its federally assisted programs or activities.  Virginia Relay Center – TDD users dial 711.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

City of Richmond and McGuire VA Medical Center to Host Veterans and Families Resource Fair

The City of Richmond and McGuire VA Medical Center are partnering to host the 2nd Annual Veterans and Families Resource Fair on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere Street. This resource fair is a tremendous opportunity for all men and women who have served in the U.S. military, and their families, as they will be able to connect with service agencies, non-profits, corporate and community partners to receive information pertaining to employment opportunities, health care benefits and other helpful information. In an effort to be a more family centered event, this year’s fair will also have numerous activities for children.

Veterans and Families Resource Fair attendees should come prepared to obtain employment as more than 20 employers will be onsite. Event attendees will also be able to meet representatives from more than 50 different agencies that provide care and services to veterans and their families. Enrollment specialists will be on hand to assist new veterans with the enrollment process for health care benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans should bring their proof of military history (DD214).

The resource fair will begin at 10 a.m. with a ceremonial program that will include remarks from Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Parker Agelasto, Richmond City Council, 5th Voter District, and a keynote address from retired colonel and education administrator Porcher L. Taylor, Jr.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Guidance on City of Richmond Housing Trust Fund

City of Richmond
Housing Trust Fund (RHTF) Application
Guidance introduction


The City of Richmond hereby notifies interested organizations of the availability of funds to provide housing production and housing supportive services targeted to low and moderate income citizens. Funds are intended for projects and programs that are aligned with regional, state and federal plans, and follows best practices to address the housing needs of the population. Projects and services will be evaluated to determine whether they are eligible for RHTF funding, per and ready to proceed. Projects and services must demonstrate a need for RHTF funds in order to proceed and/or operate. RHTF Funds may not be used to supplant existing commitments of permanent financing.

Projects will be considered in earnest if they meet the following criteria:
  1. Project and program costs are considered reasonable, per current State and federal guidelines.
  2. Project is likely to have all necessary capital financing committed by application deadline.
  3. Project is likely to secure all necessary approvals and begin activity by April 1, 2015.
  4. Project pro forma demonstrates revenues sufficient to cover projected operating expenses.
  5. Project has secured necessary commitments for services, if applicable.
  6. Sponsoring organization has sufficient capacity to:
        a. Develop the project;
        b. Manage the project long-term;
        c. Deliver appropriate services, if applicable.
  7. Sponsoring organization has no significant or recurring performance issues. Compliance issues identified within the organization’s existing portfolio have been resolved to the satisfaction of public funders, as applicable.
RHTF awards will be conditioned on meeting specific criteria and may be withdrawn if criteria are not met within required time frames.

Dates and Deadlines:
There will be a non-mandatory informational meeting on October 28, 2014 from noon until 2 p.m. at Richmond City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, in the 5th floor conference room.

Please direct all questions to Dan Cohen at by November 7 at 4:30 p.m. Applications for funding will be accepted by the City until 4:30 p.m. EDT on November 18, 2014. All applications received after the deadline will be rejected and returned to the sender. Decisions regarding funding of proposals are scheduled to be made by the City in November 2014. 

  • Applicants must be a nonprofit or for-profit corporation or partnership entity formed pursuant to applicable State of Virginia and City of Richmond law, must be an entity in good standing with the State of Virginia and the City of Richmond and provide housing or housing services. Richmond Housing Trust Fund monies will not be awarded to individuals.
  • All proposals must be submitted on this year’s application form that can be received via email upon request to Dan Cohen at and must be in compliance with Application Guidance (RHTF-101). Applicants must submit a hard copy of their applications.
  • Based on applications received and within the extent possible, 30% of the RHTF will be targeted for projects that benefit residents with incomes at or below 30% AMI. For multifamily projects, preference will be given to projects whereas 50% of the units are available for residents with incomes less than 50% AMI and the remaining 50% of the units for projects assisting incomes of 50-80% AMI. Home ownership activities that serve residents with incomes less than 80% AMI may be supported by the RHTF.
Please submit hard copy applications in triplicate to:

Dan Cohen
Senior Project Manager
City of Richmond
900 East Broad Street
Suite 510
Richmond, VA 23219

Friday, October 10, 2014

City to Hold “Imagine Festival” on October 18 to Celebrate Community Diversity

The City of Richmond invites the community to the 10th annual Imagine Festival at Broad Rock Sports Complex, 4802 Warwick Road, on Saturday, October 18, from noon to 5:30 p.m. This year’s Imagine Festival will feature dance performances, arts, crafts, exhibitors, diverse food vendors, and fun activities for the entire family. Approximately 15 local community groups will perform throughout the day and approximately 40 area organizations will be providing information about their services, to include free health screenings through the Una Vida Sana program, screenings through the Richmond City Health District, and a variety of sports, such as soccer and softball. To close the event, the local bachata band, Cheito Davoice, will perform at 5 p.m. Admission to this community and family event is free.

“I am pleased that we are able to again bring the Imagine Festival to the residents of Richmond. For ten consecutive years, it has provided a venue that encourages the celebration and uniting of our diverse communities in a positive, educational environment. I hope families throughout the Richmond area will come and enjoy this year’s event, meet their neighbors and learn about our different cultures. The Imagine Festival also helps us, City government, build rapport with Richmond residents and engage them with information on City services,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones.

The Imagine Festival began in 2005 as a community outreach event sponsored by Richmond’s Gang Reduction and Intervention Program. Since then, the City has sponsored the festival, which has grown larger with each year. This year’s partners and sponsors include the Enrichmond Foundation, Virginia Housing Development Authority, Telemundo Richmond, Latinos News, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, BB & T, State Farm, Ready Virginia, Merchant’s Club of VA, Nuevas RaĆ­ces, Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce & Foundation, HASA, Liga Copa Libertadores, and many other community groups and organizations.

For more information about the Imagine Festival, please call the City’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at (804) 646-0145.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kickin’ Chicken WingFest at the historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market

On October 19, 2014, the 17th Street Farmers' Market and Enrichmond will host the inaugural Kickin’ Chicken WingFest presented by Center of the Universe Brewing Company. This unique event will bring together the best wings Richmond has to offer!

Wingfest will include local restaurants and food trucks, live music, local craft beer from Center of the Universe, and an expanded craft and fresh foods market. To spice things up there will be three exciting new contests at this event:

  • Richmond’s Best Wings contest that is open to Richmond-based restaurants, food trucks and caterers. The winner will be determined by a blind taste testing by a panel of judges.
  • People’s Choice Award contest open to event attendee voting.
  • Chicken Wing Eating Competition presented by Buffalo Wild Wings.

Think you have what it takes to be the next RVA Wing King? Join Brady from Classic Rock 96.5 at Buffalo Wild Wings for the preliminary wing eating satellite rounds! Two winners from each satellite round will receive a prize pack provided by Buffalo Wild Wings, Center of the Universe and Brown Distributing, and will then advance to become one of the finalists at the Kickin' Chicken WingFest on October 19.

Satellite rounds will be held at four Buffalo Wild Wing locations, including 1501 East Cary Street on October 16.

Registration for satellite rounds is from 5 to 7 p.m. Contests begin at 7:30 p.m. Open to ages 18 and up, full contest rules and waiver provided at registration. Contact your local Buffalo Wild Wings location for additional information.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Sweet Justice, The Honky Tonk Experience, and the Thomas Jefferson High School Marching Band.

The Kickin’ Chicken WingFest comes to the historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market in Shockoe on Sunday October 19, 2014 from noon to 5 p.m. Free to attend, $1 donation suggested at the door. Food and beverages available for purchase.


City MBD and Virginia SBSD Partner to Host Mobile Food Vendor Workshop & “Eats in the Streets-Curbside to Go”

The City’s Office of Minority Business Development, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, invites individuals interested in starting a mobile food business or learning more about the mobile food business industry to attend a Mobile Food Vendor Workshop. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22 in training rooms one and two of 730 East Broad Street. Workshop attendees will take part in educational sessions detailing the steps to launching a food truck business. The Mobile Food Vendor Workshop is free however registration is required. Registration is quick, easy and can be done online at

Immediately following the workshop is Eats in the Streets-Curbside to Go, from noon until 2:30 p.m., at Richmond CenterStage in the area of 6th Street and East Broad Street. RVA’s finest mobile food vendors will be selling their signature dishes, so come enjoy lunch downtown, support local mobile food vendors, socialize with friends, and enjoy great music. Eats in the Street-Curbside to Go is free and open to the public. The following food trucks will be participating in Eats in the Streets-Curbside to Go:

   Mosaic                                  The Green Box                                      
   Monique’s Crepes                 Grilled Meats and Treats
   Pedal Pops                           Happy Empanda
   Smokin Willie’s                     bonbon
   The Boardwalk                      The Dog Wagon      
   The Hungry Turtle                  Tasty Treats
   Soul Ice

For more information on either of these events, please call LaQuiana Bailey at (804) 646-5947 or email