• St. Paul's Area Transformation

You Have a Choice, You Have a Right to Return

The City of Norfolk and the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority pledge if you desire a home in the new community, you will have one. With the approval of the Right to Return Policy, we’re putting that pledge into action.

Any resident who wants to return must meet the following criteria:

  1. Resident must have lived in the Tidewater Gardens community and was lease-compliant at the time of departure from the Tidewater Gardens public housing community as of February 28, 2019

  2. Resident must have continued to remain lease-compliant during the relocation period with no eviction proceedings or judgement for eviction including those who are subject to any court-ordered stipulation agreement

  3. Resident can show evidence that they can pay rent, which will continue to be 30- 40 percent of adjusted income as you paid in Tidewater Gardens

  4. Resident shall have no outstanding debts to NRHA and any other public housing authority

  5. Resident shall refrain from any criminal activity throughout the relocation period

  6. Head of household must be able to establish utilities in their own name due to individually metered apartments

  7. Resident must not have been terminated or have a termination pending from the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program

  8. Resident must meet applicable income limits and household composition criteria to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program

The People First team is here to support you throughout this process. If you have circumstances that may prevent you from meeting any of the above criteria, we may be able to work with you to correct any issues that might affect your right to return, including developing a plan for paying off old debts or working with utilities companies to resolve any outstanding issues that might prevent you from getting utilities in your name.

In addition, we want to assure you that the City of Norfolk is committed to ensuring that financial assistance is provided to persons who have and who are exercising the right to return in order to overcome any issues that may arise, such as fees for early termination of leases, utility service account deposits and connection fees, actual moving expenses, and security deposits.

You can read the entire Right to Return ordinance here.

Connect with us as soon as possible by calling 390-4625 or stopping by the office at 447 Walke Street so we can work to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have!


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