Over the last several years, VHDA has engaged in a number of initiatives in an ever-changing housing environment which increasingly points to the need for a regularly updated inventory of available rental units in the Commonwealth. Recently, we have witnessed dramatic increases in the foreclosure rate in the Commonwealth thereby causing families to search for alternative housing options. Meanwhile, once strong rental markets are experiencing an increase in rental vacancies.
VirginiaHousingSearch.com is a housing locator service that was launched across the Commonwealth of Virginia in June 2009. Sponsored by the Virginia Housing Development Authority, VirginiaHousingSearch.com provides detailed information about rental properties and helps people find housing to best fit their needs. The service can be accessed at no cost online 24 hours a day or through a toll-free, bilingual call center at 1-877-428-8844, available M-F, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm EST.
The fast, easy-to-use FREE search lets people look for rental housing using a wide variety of criteria and special mapping features. Housing listings display detailed information about each unit. The service also provides links to housing resources and helpful tools for renters such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and information about renter rights and responsibilities.
Property owners and managers, including Housing Authorities and private landlords, can use this service to manage their property listings FREE of charge. Listings can include pictures, maps, and information about nearby amenities. Property owners and housing authorities can register and manage their listings online or via phone and fax.
The site uses software created by Socialserve.com, a national non-profit provider of housing locator services. Socialserve.com is responsible for maintaining the site and providing toll-free call center support. For additional information, contact Socialserve.com at 1-877-428-8844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.