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Lease/Purchase Homeownership

Participants in this program start by renting one of a limited number of RRHA-owned houses (listed below) for at least 6 months but no longer than three years. During this time, these households can work toward saving money for a down-payment, reducing debt, and repairing credit. Each is required to complete homeownership counseling with a HUD certified homeownership counselor and will need to qualify for a home loan with a financial institution within the three year time frame. 

In order to qualify for this program, individuals must currently either be living in RRHA's public housing or listed on the RRHA public housing wait list.

Lease/Purchase Qualifications

      • $18,000.00 annual income for non-elderly/non-disabled
      • For elderly or disabled, the annual income requirement is the full monthly amount of the Federal Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) benefit for an individual living alone multiplied by twelve
      • Good rental history
      • Ability to purchase the home within three years.



Current Properties Available

The following properties are available for purchase through this program are:

    • 1207 Melrose Ave., NW
    • 1219 Melrose Ave., NW
    • 1924 Melrose Ave., NW
    • 1203 Melrose Ave., NW
    • 2008 Melrose Ave., NW
    • 505 21st St., NW
    • 1809 Downing St., NW
    • 1720 Dupree St., NW

Click here to download an application. Applications must be completed in their entirety. Incomplete applications will be returned to sender. For items that don't apply, please indicate with N/A. Completed and signed applications may be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., dropped off in person at the Central RRHA office, or returned by mail to:

City of Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Attn: Lease Purchase Homeownership Program
2624 Salem Turnpike, NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

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