U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Community Planning and Development
Consolidated Plan Contact
The City of Hopewell is located at the confluence of the Appomattox and James Rivers. The
city is part of the Hopewell-Petersburg-Colonial Heights Tri-cities area that has recently been
combined with the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area. Hopewell is located 25 miles
south of Richmond, the capital of Virginia.
The City of Hopewell's Consolidated Plan (CP) presents a strategic vision for housing and
community development. The one-year action plan includes a budget of $310,000 in
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. These funds will primarily be spent on
housing and public service activities.
The City of Hopewell and the Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority, were jointly
responsible for the development of the Consolidated Plan. The City collaborated with
numerous local agencies, other city departments, a Special Resources Committee, the
Hopewell Health Department and Hopewell Department of Social Services. The CP process
required the City to hold two public hearings which were held at sites accessible to persons
with disabilities and advertised in the local newspaper. Public comments were received and
incorporated into the CP. The CP was approved by City Council in May 1995.
The City of Hopewell's population declined slightly during the 1980's from 23,397
to 23,101. This decrease was accompanied by changes within the overall structure of the
population, as white, non-hispanic populations decreased all other populations increased.
The current population is 71.2 percent white, 25.4 percent black, and 3.4 percent other.
The median family income in Hopewell lags behind both the median family income for the
nation and the metropolitan statistical area.
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY
The City of Hopewell has not grown in population over the last 10 years and there has been
a decline in the, historically significant, chemical manufacturing for it's economical base.
However, with the opening of I-295, Hopewell now has direct access to the interstate
system. This, plus Hopewell's position on the tourist route to Williamsburg/Newport News
area, puts the City in good position for the expansion of its hospitality industry.
Seventy-five percent of the existing housing in Hopewell is at least 30 years old and in the
latter half of its practical life span. In several sections of the City, the older housing is
deteriorating and contributing to the decline of the neighborhood in the surrounding
subdivision. Critical housing needs are identified in the CP and include strengthening the
condition of existing housing to avoid population loss and on weakening future growth of
Housing Market Conditions
The City of Hopewell has a total of 9,625 units of year-round housing. The number of
occupied units 9,014. Owners occupy 5,141, or 57 percent of those units, while renters
occupy 3,873, or 43 percent of those units. Single family housing development was
vigorous in the 1970's but sluggish in the 1980's. This sluggishness was due to two
reasons: a lack of readily available, developable land, and economic events. These problems
have contributed to the low housing values and has increased the desire of many young,
well-employed citizens to locate outside the community. The average house value in
Hopewell is $54,300.
Affordable Housing Needs
The City has a limited supply of vacant residential land available for future growth.
Therefore, the City is making every effort to fully utilize its existing land resources to their
full potential. Based on the 1990 census data, Hopewell has 1,801 rental households and
940 owner households classified as very low-income. Most of the rental housing within the
City is affordable to low-income persons, since a large percentage of the rental stock rents
for less than $499 per month. Because the overall housing values within the City remain
low many low-income families are able to move from the rent to homeownership.
Even though there appears to be a reasonable statistical match between income levels and
housing costs (values or rents), it is apparent that for larger families, older families, families
with special needs, and families inhabiting older homes actual housing cost can become a
The actual number of homeless persons in the City is difficult to establish. However, the
District 19 Community Services Board noted that between the period of January 1992 thru
June 24, 1993 a total of 12 homeless persons were served by the Projects for Assistance in
the Transition from Homelessness (Path). However, most of the homeless in the area
receive services through the Crisis Assistance response Emergency Shelter (CARES) located
in Petersburg, a nearby City. CARES reported serving a total of 1,537 individuals in 1992.
Hopewell's homeless needs are effectively served by CARES. The City of Hopewell is one
of the many supporters of CARES and this support is evidenced by a financial commitment.
Public and Assisted Housing Needs
The Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) owns and operates 500 units of
public housing. All are available for occupancy except those which may be subject to
Barriers to Affordable Housing
The scarcity of buildable vacant lots and funding resources, due to cutbacks in housing and
community development programs, are identified as the most significant obstacle to meeting
underserved need. The City government is aware of issues relating to their tax policies, land
use controls, zoning ordinances , building codes, and other restrictions but feel these are
necessary for reasons of public safety and good public policy.
From 1984 through 1989, the City under the auspices of its agent the HRHA, sponsored a
Fair Housing program. The program, provide a clearinghouse for the dissemination of fair
housing information and literature and the referral of fair housing complaints. This program
operated in conjunction and cooperation with the Southside Virginia Community Resources
Board in the promotion of fair housing initiatives. Through the 1994 CDBG, this effort has
once again been funded and is operational.
Both the City's Health Department and the HRHA have on-going information and education
programs to make citizens aware of the potential for lead-based paint hazards. families with
children identified as having elevated blood levels are subject to interim, personalized
counseling. Health Department data, to-date, do not reflect significant incidences of
elevated lead blood levels.
Community Development Needs
There is a need for Public Facilities, Infrastructure Improvements, Public Service Needs,
Historic Preservation, Economic Development, and Code Enforcement which could be
accomplished through the CDBG program. There is a need for a wide variety of
neighborhood facilities, such as child care centers and seniors centers, improvement to
public streets, housing and land space use, to name a few. However, the City only receives
a little over $300,000 per year and must be very selective as to the projects it funds. In
addition, the lack of usable land for housing and other development is a critical factor which
must be overcome.
The City works extensively with the HRHA and all other City departments as well as many
surrounding localities in the planning and on-going work of the programs reflected in the CP.
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY
Vision for Change
The overall goals of the CP program is the creation of safe, affordable, and decent housing,
while at the same time improving the viability of the City for future development and
Housing and Community Development Objectives
HUD funding through CDBG is critical to the continued success of existing and proposed
projects. Housing and community development objectives and priorities include the
elimination of spot blight, housing rehabilitation, homeless prevention, economic
development opportunities, and public housing homeownership initiatives, to name a few.
Housing priorities includes a five-year implementation of the Spot Blight Removal Program
wherein vacant, uninhabited houses not suitable for rehabilitation are acquired, cleared and
the lot made available for single family new construction. The Housing Rehabilitation
Program will provide financial and technical assistance to those qualified homeowners who
are not financially able to resolve their own housing deficiencies.
Non-housing Community Development Priorities
Non-housing Community Development (CD) needs include additional public facility
development to include the expansion of parks and recreation facilities, flood drain
improvements, sidewalk installation, and water/sewer improvements. The City is also
committed to improving economic development, through improvements to commercial-industrial
properties, infrastructure and any other improvements necessary such as railroads,
docks equipment upgrading, etc. Due to the deteriorating housing stock, code enforcement
is a high priority to stabilized the loss of affordable housing units.
The City of Hopewell recognizes the need to continue programs that strengthen its
economic base and reducing the poverty level number of families as an important part its
Housing and Community Development Resources
The resources expected to be available to the residents of the City for housing and
supportive services and community development are from public or private sources. These
sources are through Federal, State, local, and private programs. Some of these resources
and their respective programs are delineated below. The Primary Federal resources include
the CDBG and Section 8, public housing programs.
Coordination of Strategic Plan
The City of Hopewell's Department of Development will coordinate the delivery of services
with all subrecipients. The HRHA has established relationships with many public and private
partners. All of which will cooperate as players in program delivery. The City Department
of Development will be responsible for program compliance and monitoring of all CDBG
ONE-YEAR ACTION PLAN
Description of Key Projects
The City of Hopewell's' One-Year Action Plan outlines the proposed use of $310,000 from
the entitlement program. The majority of all the projects are City wide.
- $232,500 for Spot Blight Housing Programs.
- $47,000 for Public Service Projects.
- $5,500 for Fair Housing Programs
A substantial amount of the CDBG funding for FY 95 is spent for Spot Blight removal and is
a citywide effort to stabilize the housing.
The City Department of Development and the Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing
Authority under contract with the City is responsible to carry out the CDBG program. The
City provides oversight and monitoring.
The number of households expected to be assisted in the Spot Blight program has been
estimated to be five.
MAP 1 depicts points of interest in the jurisdiction.
MAP 2 depicts points of interest and low-moderate income
MAP 3 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas,
and minority concentration levels.
MAP 4 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas,
and unemployment levels.
TABLE (without associated map) provides information about
To comment on Hopewell's Consolidated Plan, please contact:
Mr. Milton Martin
Director of Development
PH: (804) 541-2267
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