Bureau of Community Development


The Community Development Bureau maintains and enhances the quality of existing housing and neighborhood conditions. We administer federally funded community development funding to implement initiatives that benefit lower-income persons and neighborhoods and address community development needs.  

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The Federal Program Management division administers the City’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement and community development grant programs and oversees federal grants compliance. Our goals are to support area nonprofits and governmental agencies to provide affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and other community development initiatives. 

Contact us at HUDEntitlement@norfolk.gov

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The Neighborhood and Housing Preservation program is responsible for preserving and enhancing the quality and safety of existing housing stock through rehabilitation and repair assistance programs. Our goal is to maintain and improve the quality of existing housing and neighborhood conditions.

Contact us at Renovate@norfolk.gov


Federal Grants
The City of Norfolk receives and allocates over $6 million annually through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs. The Federal Program Management division administers these funds to provide decent housing, create suitable living environments, and expand economic opportunities for persons of low- and moderate- income in Norfolk. Funding is provided to eligible organizations for program years that run from July 1 – June 30. Applications are typically available in late November.

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Renovate Norfolk
Renovate Norfolk is a voluntary program that provides income-eligible homeowners with a grant to make necessary interior and/or exterior residential improvements. Properties are rehabilitated to provide safe and sanitary housing and/or improve accessibility for seniors or persons with mobility impairments. The goal of each rehabilitation is to reduce ongoing and future maintenance costs and create decent, affordable housing for City of Norfolk residents.  

Strengthening Neighborhoods
Strengthening Neighborhoods is a voluntary program that provides eligible participants with owner-occupied rehabilitation assistance, rental property rehabilitation assistance, and down payment assistance to homebuyers in target neighborhoods. The two target neighborhoods currently include Ingleside and Oakdale Farms/Monticello Village.  

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Middle Neighborhoods Initiative
The Middle Neighborhoods initiative brings attention to neighborhoods that are currently stable communities for middle- and working-class families but are on the edge of growth or decline. The goal is to stabilize and preserve existing quality affordable housing, infrastructure, and amenities in these neighborhoods.