2001 Public/Private Partnership Awards

MAYOR WILLIAM E. WARD, CITY OF CHESAPEAKE

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOMEBUILDERS TIDEWATER BUILDERS' ASSOCIATION
CHESAPEAKE AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP PARTNERSHIP


The Chesapeake Affordable Homeownership Partnership is a public-private nonprofit partnership comprised of the Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority (CRHA), South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity, and the Tidewater Builder’s Association (TBA). The Partnership serves as an innovative approach to addressing housing and employment needs of the citizens of Chesapeake. The City of Chesapeake, through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Programs, provides principal funding for this initiative.

In the early 1990s, CHRA and TBA began working together to build affordable homes on-site in Chesapeake. By 1993, TBA was also constructing three-bedroom, energy efficient homes off-site at its apprentice training center. CRHA negotiated an agreement to purchase these off-site homes and transport them to prepared lots within the city.

In the mid 1990s, CRHA established a partnership with Habitat for Humanity that involved (CRHA) lot donations for Habitat’s efforts in the construction of single family homes for first time, low-income homebuyers.

In 1996, CRHA broadened both of these partnerships by developing the present Chesapeake Affordable Homeownership Partnership. This highly successful program has involved moving eight TBA off-site, pre-built homes to Habitat-built foundations on CRHA-prepared lots. This unique relationship between CRHA and TBA also provides job training and employment opportunities for some of Chesapeake’s public and assisted housing residents.