The Randolph County Housing Authority (RCHA) is a non-traditional housing authority with a broad mission: to promote strong communities and a healthy quality of life in the rural six-county region it serves. We have three partners to help us fulfill this mission—Highland Community Builders (HCB), Woodlands Development Group (WDG), and The HomeOwnership Center (HOC). Download a complete RCHA Organizational Chart (PDF, 88kb).
RCHA was founded in 1979 to meet the need for home repair for low-income households in a three-county area; this program remains a core focus for the agency. Five years later, RCHA began administering a rental assistance program that now assists more than 600 families each year whose household income is 50% or less of area median income.
Home Rehab and Contruction
In 1992, RCHA began its Rural HomeOwnership Program with an acquisition/rehab program, to which was soon added a new construction component. The agency has developed over 150 units of single family homes, most of which were sold through a lease/purchase program to families with 80% or less of the area median income. RCHA hired its own construction crew in 1995. This crew built 8-10 units per year until 2007; at that time the crew members became employees of an affiliated non-profit organization, which continues to carry out RCHA's mission.
In 2008, RCHA began an initiative to redevelop downtown property in Elkins, and hopes to expand these services in the coming years. The agency also operates a YouthBuild program, which was founded in 1995. This program serves 30 participants aged 17-24 each year with a holistic program of leadership development, GED prep and job training. YouthBuild participants learn construction while building two units of housing in each 10-month training cycle. Seventy percent of our graduates go on to paid employment in the community. YouthBuild North Central is an affiliate of YouthBuild USA, a nationwide group whose mission is to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of low-income youth to rebuild their communities and their lives.
Property Management and Development
In 2004, RCHA opened its first eight-unit rental project which it rents to income-eligible tenants at a lower-than-market rate rent. By 2009 it had built or acquired 13 more units in Randolph and Tucker Counties, all of which rent to households at 60% of area median income or below. The RCHA also functions as the development manager and property manager for two sister nonprofits. The Woodlands Development Group (WDG) was started in 1995 and is a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). It owns 24 units of rental housing and has built 17 single family homes—all in Randolph and Barbour counties. Highland Community Builders began in 2007 and is developing homes in a new subdivision in Elkins called Highland Meadows.
Home Financing Assistance
RCHA's other sister organization is the HomeOwnership Center (HOC). The HOC was founded by RCHA in 1998 and provides a range of services to potential home buyers, including credit counseling, home buyer education, and mortgage brokering. They have originated or participated in the permanent financing for all of the homes developed by RCHA , WDG and HCB. The HOC is a member of NeighborWorks America.