Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

By | November 12, 2018

Based on a Housing First philosophy, PSH helps individuals with chronic health conditions who face barriers to housing, find and maintain housing.  The belief behind Housing First is that housing is a cornerstone to stability and comes before treatment. PSH begins by providing individuals with housing, and then offers residents the option of support services…. Read more »


By | November 4, 2018

A trade agreement of sorts proposed by a person wishing to change the zoning of a property. The trade, or proffer is a voluntary negotiation for cash or dedications of property for a land use that may impose public costs to offset any negative consequences that could result from the zoning change. Virginia Association of… Read more »

Point in Time Survey

By | October 22, 2018

In order to assess the magnitude of the experience of homelessness, localities count the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals every year over a number of days or at a Point in Time (PIT) at the end of January. The count is part of a requirement by the Department of Housing and Urban Development… Read more »

Publicly Owned Land

By | June 14, 2018

Land owned by a public entity, such as a local government, school district, parks authority, or transit agency. A public entity may use this land for development of affordable housing; offer it to development entities at a discount; or sell it and use the proceeds to fund affordable housing development.

Public Housing Agency (PHA)

By | June 14, 2018

Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to high-rise apartments. HUD administers federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents… Read more »