For many of our localities, housing is a central issue in planning for the future. The CSPDC has been instrumental in assisting localities in developing housing programs and administering housing projects which provide safe, decent, affordable housing for low and moderate-income households, as well as first-time homebuyers in the Region.

PDC Housing Development Program

Contact: Olivia Raines (olivia@cspdc.org)

In July 2021, Virginia Housing announced $40 million in grants to Virginia’s 21 Planning District Commissions towards the creation of new housing initiatives through the PDC Housing Development Program. Through this opportunity, the CSPDC will work closely Virginia Housing and the region’s housing delivery partners including local governments, housing authorities, non-profit organizations, developers, and other groups working to address the need for affordable housing.

The program will promote regional approaches to planning and development, bring together local housing partners, and support housing projects that create new affordable housing units. The CSPDC was awarded $2 million in funding to support to the creation of new affordable rental and homeownership housing units throughout the region, and is positioned to provide gap funds to various affordable housing development efforts. Specifically, the CSPDC will facilitate the development of at least 20 affordable units by July 1, 2024.

Updates and information regarding the PDC Housing Development Program will be posted to this page. In March 2022, the CSPDC announced $1.66 million in award offers to provide gap funding to affordable housing developers across the region that submitted applications through a Request for Proposals process. The funds will assist in the construction of 60 new units of affordable housing in the region, including 35 units for homeownership and 25 for rental. Gap funding was offered to 7 applicants representing 4 localities; Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Rockbridge County. The selected projects are as follows: 


Regional First-Time Homebuyers Program

Contact: Olivia Raines (olivia@cspdc.org)

Through a state program administered regionally by the CSPDC, this program offers special low interest mortgage financing, homeownership counseling and down payment and closing cost assistance to low and moderate income first-time homebuyers in the region. Since it began in 1998, the program has served more than 250 households in the area.

View the First-Time Homebuyer DPA Brochure