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Virginia Beach Affordable Housing Community Experiences a Rebirth

Christiansburg, Virginia – On October 14, Community Housing Partners (CHP) hosted a dedication ceremony in Virginia Beach at Friendship Village Apartments to commemorate the newly refurbished, affordable multifamily housing community.

“Your event is a tribute to the pride you take in your community and in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” wrote U.S. Senator Mark Warner in a letter read at the event by Sam Schwartz, a staff representative. “CHP stayed true to its mission of creating affordable and sustainable housing…thank you [to CHP] for your commitment and service to the residents of this community.”

The 109-unit Friendship Village in Virginia Beach is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 8 multi-family property rented to low-income households. Originally purchased and renovated by CHP in 1992, Friendship Village underwent an extensive rehabilitation in 2011 with the use of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and other public and private funding sources.

In keeping with CHP's mission to create affordable and sustainable housing, the community was upgraded using EarthCraft Multifamily Renovation standards. The rehabilitation included energy-efficient mechanical systems, appliances, and lighting; water-efficient bathroom fixtures; ENERGY STAR windows; low-VOC paints and finishes; all-new kitchen cabinets, flooring, and roofing; and native landscaping.

 K.C. McGurren, executive director of EarthCraftTM Virginia, said, “We are proud to have partnered with CHP on this multifamily renovation project, which resulted in a true rebirth of Friendship Village. CHP has created healthy and comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment.”

Friendship Village also has the distinction of being named a Certified Neighborhood Networks Center by HUD. Friendship Village has been recognized by HUD for providing a high level of free resident services that promote self-sufficiency, skill-building, and healthy living. Programs include adult job-training classes, educational after-school activities and mentoring programs for youth, and computer literacy programs for seniors.

“CHP’s commitment to providing quality, affordable, sustainable housing is evident in the work they do,” remarked Charles Famuliner, director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Richmond office. “But CHP’s work goes beyond the buildings they create. They are equally dedicated to developing the social fabric of Friendship Village, which helps make the neighborhood a safer, higher quality place to live while providing residents with the skills they need to be successful.”