We understand that looking for housing can be completely stressful. This is why Urban Hope is a long-term sustainability program for individuals seeking affordable housing and/or pathways to homeownership.

Unfortunately, Urban Hope is unable to assist with immediate rentals or crisis-centered services.

If you have an emergency please contact the Department of Social Services with this link or by calling their customer care center at 3-1-1.  You can also call the Shelter Diversion Line if you are homeless or losing your home within the next three days at (804) 972-0813.

Please note that all Urban Hope properties are located in the East End of Richmond only. 

Participants are placed based on affordability and housing availability.

Initial Qualifications

  1. Willingness to live in the East End of Richmond
  2. Willingness to attend monthly financial management sessions
  3. Must be employed for at least six consecutive months
  4. Willingness to save first month's rent, deposit, and at least one month of emergency savings
  5. Income is no more than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for your household size (please see website listed below)
  6. Willingness to sign a 12 month lease


  1. Complete Affordable Rental Application and return to Urban Hope staff along with all required documents
  2. Meet with the Director of Housing and Family Services
  3. Verify previous housing and employment
  4. Sign up for our financial management class here, and plan to regularly attend
  5. Complete savings commitment

Click here for VHDA's website to find out the HUD median income limits for fiscal year 2018.