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About Us

A home is where memories are made, a place where everyone should be happy and feel safe. This is what the Lynchburg Redevelopment Housing Authority (LRHA) wants to provide to the people of Lynchburg.

LRHA is a government agency that strives to change the lives of current and potential citizens of Lynchburg, Va. We focus on ending homelessness and providing homes to those who otherwise would not be able to afford housing for themselves or their families.

Our Agency is committed to improving the city of Lynchburg one house at a time and ultimately changing the way people see Lynchburg. We are a place of change; a place of opportunity; and a place for second chances. We are a place where people can find hope and encourage our residents to share that hope with others.

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Our Mission

The Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority is dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life for all Lynchburg citizens by being a leader in community development, revitalizing neighborhoods and facilitating economic growth and development, by seeking and entering into partnership with organizations and clients to achieve safe, decent, and affordable housing, with an emphasis on homeownership, maintained in a manner that fosters pride and dignity.

Collaborative Efforts

Collaborative EffortsThe Authority works closely with various departments within the city including City Council, Community Development, Economic Development, Inspections, and Human Services. Other collaborating agencies and groups include Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship, Diamond Hill Neighborhood Watch, Habitat for Humanity, Lynchburg Community Action Group, Friends of Tinbridge Hill, and Rush Lifetime Homes. 

General Information

The Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia and was activated by the City Council of the City of Lynchburg in April of 1956. The Authority is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, each of whom is appointed by the City Council for a four year term. At the present time, two members of City Council also serve as Commissioners of the Authority. A Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected each year from among the Commissioners. An Executive Director is appointed by the Commissioners and serves as the Secretary of the organization. The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Authority who oversees the staff and carries out policies established by the Commissioners. Other administrative and program personnel are employed and carry out duties in accordance with established policies. 

Title 36 of the Code of Virginia, known as the Housing Authorities Law, creates a redevelopment and housing authority in each city, town and county in the state and provides enabling legislation for the conduct of their programs. This empowers the Authority to carry out its primary mission; to own and operate low-rent public housing for lower-income families. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides funds for the development of public housing and promulgates certain regulations governing overall operation of the housing programs. HUD provides an annual operating subsidy and capital improvement grant to the Authority to assure continued operation and maintenance of public housing. 

The Agency owns 328 public housing units within 4 complexes and administrates an approximate total of 979 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. 

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