BRHA Unveils Newest Redevelopment Project with The Village at Oakview Housing Complex

BRISTOL, Va. — The Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority (BRHA) announced the official opening today of its newest housing complex, The Village at Oakview, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.

Located in the 400 block of Oakview Avenue in Bristol, Virginia, The Village at Oakview features 48 two- and three-bedroom housing units, constructed in a combination of quadraplexes with green space. Although each housing unit is built on a single level, the buildings are two-story structures. Each building is designed to look like a large, single-family home and is reminiscent of Bristol’s former Moore Street neighborhood. All of the housing units offer modern amenities, including central heat and air, dishwashers, and washers and dryers. Multiple units are ADA compliant and all have been certified energy efficient.

The new complex was erected on the site of the former Bonham Circle apartments, which were demolished in 2015. Funding for the project was obtained from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, which is implemented through the Virginia Housing Development Authority. A majority of the funding for the development is derived from non-tax dollars.

“We are excited to celebrate BRHA’s newest apartment complex today,” says Lisa Porter, BRHA’s executive director and CEO. “The Village at Oakview delivers a much-needed accessible, affordable and attractive living environment that is suitable for a broader population, including senior citizens, people with disabilities and families with young children. In addition, this redevelopment project emulates the residential character of the area and enhances the surrounding neighborhood. The Village at Oakview also incorporates a variety of rental housing programs to better serve our community. We are very pleased to be able to continue providing new housing options and services that improve the quality of life for residents of this community.”

Construction of The Village at Oakview marks the second major redevelopment project as part of BRHA’s 2010 – 2025 Master Plan, which includes recommendations for redevelopment of public housing, strategic acquisition of land for future development, and potential neighborhood revitalization efforts. The first project was the 2008 development of Sapling Grove apartments, which feature 26 units of one- and two-bedroom affordable housing.

“For 80 years, BRHA has provided housing and services for thousands of families in need,” says Jerry Chorosevic Sr., chairman of BRHA’s Board of Commissioners. “In addition to providing more than 600 units of housing for Bristol families and individuals, BRHA offers valuable self-sufficiency programs and opportunities to achieve a higher standard of living. This latest endeavor is another big step forward in our efforts to make a lasting contribution to Bristol’s housing and redevelopment needs. Additionally, we’re are proud to say that a majority of the total cost of the project has been spent regionally, and that the development will contribute toward the city’s tax base.”

Established in 1938, BRHA is the largest provider of affordable rental housing in Bristol, and has been instrumental in transforming neighborhoods and assisting in the city’s revitalization efforts. The housing authority has also implemented a neighborhood investment plan to address housing issues and concerns in the areas immediately surrounding existing BRHA properties, and is looking toward broadening its scope through past investments in additional properties within the city.

For more information, visit www.brha.com.

About BRHA

Located at 809 Edmond St., BRHA is the designated public housing agency in the city of Bristol, Virginia. It is the second-oldest such authority in Virginia, having been founded in 1938 and housing 40 percent of low-income renter families in Bristol. Its mission is to provide safe, attractive, affordable housing and housing assistance, and the opportunity for families and individuals to achieve a higher standard of living. BRHA (www.brha.com) is governed by a five-member board of commissioners that is appointed by the mayor of Bristol, Virginia. The staff is comprised of an executive director and 28 employees. BRHA is a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (www.nahro.org).

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For more information, contact Lisa Porter,
executive director/CEO, BRHA, at 276-821-6251

BRHA to Hold News Conference, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Commemorate Opening of Newest Housing Complex

BRISTOL, Va. — On Tuesday, May 15, representatives of the Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority (BRHA) will host a news conference to celebrate the completion of BRHA’s newest housing complex, The Village at Oakview.

The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with brief remarks offered by BRHA representatives including Lisa Porter, executive director and CEO, Jerry Chorosevic, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Beth Rhinehart, president and CEO of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, and Lisa Cofer, executive director of the United Way of Bristol.

A ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of an open unit will follow.

The Village at Oakview is located at 421 Oakview Avenue in Bristol, Virginia. The conference will take place outside in the central parking area. Parking is available on site and refreshments will be offered.

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BRHA Appoints Porter to Executive Director/CEO Post

BRISTOL, Va. – Lisa Porter, a 27-year veteran of the public housing industry, has been named executive director/CEO of the Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority (BRHA) in Bristol, Virginia.

Porter comes to BRHA after serving for 15 years as deputy director for the Marion Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Marion, Virginia. Her experience also includes working as grant programs administrator for BRHA, community development coordinator for the Housing Authority of the City of Yuma in Yuma, Arizona, and grants coordinator for the Cumberland Plateau Regional Housing Authority in Lebanon, Virginia.

A native of Wise, Virginia, Porter is BRHA’s seventh executive director/CEO and the first female to be selected for the position. She succeeds Dave Baldwin, who retired in December 2017 following a 14-year tenure.

“BRHA is highly regarded for being a well-respected, forward-thinking public housing agency, and I’m honored to have an opportunity to lead such a reputable organization,” Porter says. “I look forward to guiding BRHA as we continue to provide attractive, affordable housing and housing assistance for more than 600 families in the Bristol community.”

Porter’s background includes leadership positions with several industry organizations, including former president of the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials (VAHCDO), and former president of the Little Ten Housing Authorities of Southwest Virginia, Inc. She currently serves as chair of the Southeast Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (SERC-NAHRO) Small Agency Task Force (SATF), and is a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) SATF, the Housing Virginia Board of Directors, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority Rental Advisory Board of Directors.

“Lisa’s proven expertise in understanding the needs of public housing agencies and her extensive leadership experience made her the ideal candidate to guide BRHA’s operations,” says Jerry Chorosevic, chairman of the BRHA Board of Commissioners. “She has demonstrated excellence in all facets of public housing management, from advocacy and grant proposal development to project implementation, budget reporting and program evaluation. We are proud to have someone of Lisa’s caliber at the helm of our organization.”

A NAHRO-certified Public Housing Manager and Section 8 Housing Manager, Porter received a business administration degree from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

About BRHA

Located at 809 Edmond St., BRHA is the designated public housing agency in the city of Bristol, Virginia. It is the second-oldest such authority in Virginia, having been founded in 1938 and housing 40 percent of low-income renter families in Bristol. Its mission is to provide safe, attractive, affordable housing and housing assistance, and the opportunity for families and individuals to achieve a higher standard of living. BRHA (www.brha.com) is governed by a five-member board of commissioners that is appointed by the mayor of Bristol, Virginia. The staff is comprised of an executive director and 28 employees. BRHA is a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (www.nahro.org).

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For more information, contact Lisa Porter,
executive director/CEO, BRHA, at 276-821-6255