SBA Emerging Leaders Program

SBA Emerging Leaders Program — Now Accepting Applications for WV – Deadline is Feb. 25th

The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities.  Developed by the SBA and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders in urban communities across the country, this comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to assist business owners with catapulting their company to the next level and to help them to emerge as a force in their community.

The Emerging Leaders Virtual Program equips key decision makers with knowledge, tools, and networking connections to help to advance their business. Participants will leave with a better understanding of their business capacity through an individualized three-year growth plan.

Do I qualify to participate?

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an advanced training series open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self
  • Commit to one mid-morning meeting every other week from April to October online for approximately 100 hours of combined classroom time, homework, specialized workshops, and virtual meetings with peers and local business leaders.


How do I apply?

If interested, participants should complete the online application by the deadline of Thursday, February 25, 2021 at and select Fairmont, WV under the Program Location pull-down menu.

Click here for additional information.

Businesses interested in SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program are invited to learn more by contacting Melissa Loder, program manager, at [email protected] or at (304) 623-7448.

Section 8 Waiting List is now Open

Section 8 Waiting List Now Open


The waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program for rental assistance will open on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.  Procedures have changed due to COVID19.  There will be no walk-in applications taken.   Here is how you get started:

Click this link to complete the pre-application.  After the pre-application is submitted, you will be sent an application to complete and return.

Applications must be returned to our office drop box at 2280 Randolph Avenue Elkins, WV or by mail, received by the due date on the application. 

 Faxed and email copies of the application will not be accepted– we must have the original.  If the application is incomplete or not legible, applicants will not be placed on the waiting list. 

If you have questions, please call 304-636-6495 x.10 or TDD 304-637-7604.


Public Hearing Notice

Randolph County Housing Authority (RCHA) is applying to become a Move-to-Work (MTW) agency through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  There will be a public hearing on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Randolph County Housing Authority to discuss the application.  The Housing Authority is located at 2280 Randolph Avenue, Elkins, WV.  RCHA administers housing assistance in Barbour, Lewis, Pendleton, Randolph, Tucker and Upshur Counties. Social distancing will be observed; a mask will be required to enter the building.

Friday, October 23, 2020 Public Hearing Zoom link

Public Hearing Zoom link

The Randolph County Housing Authority and the Randolph County Commissions have scheduled a public hearing and public comment period concerning a proposed application to the West Virginia Development Office for CDBG-CV1 funds.  Zoom registration information is below.


You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Oct 23, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


WORC program has successful Training Course

Our First Get Ready! Wood Manufacturing Technician Training Course class received their certifications this past week.  We were excited to have AHF Products on site to conduct interviews with the participants on their last day of class.

These participants will continue to receive job coaching and support through our WORC program.

Do you want to enroll in our next class?  Contact Us today at [email protected]

Special Shout Out to Mike M for being an awesome instructor.

Public Hearing scheduled for 10am Oct 23rd for CDBG-CV1 Application

PUBLIC HEARING:  A Public Hearing will be held Friday, October 23rd at 10:00am by Zoom. 

Topic: Public Hearing CDBG-CV1

Time: Oct 23, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Or Join by Phone:     +1 929 205 6099

Meeting ID: 882 7450 6078

Passcode: 006076


The Randolph County Housing Authority (RCHA) and the Randolph County Commission (RCC) have scheduled a public hearing and public comment period concerning a proposed application to the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO) for CDBG-CV1 funds.   These funds were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed on March 27, 2020.  A Notice of Program Rules, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements under the CARES Act for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Coronavirus Response Grants, Fiscal Year 2019 and 2020 CDBG and Other Formula Programs was published on August 7, 2020.  Additionally, the State of West Virginia amended its FY 2019 Annual Action Plan and it is available at

DESCRIPTION OF CDBG-CV1: The WVDO is accepting applications to help in the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the Coronavirus in non-Entitlement communities throughout the state.  Funding is available for applicants in the categories of public facilities, public services and planning.  The application being prepared by RCHA and RCC is in the Public Service category.  In addition to meeting the Low- to Moderate-Income Benefit National Objective, each project must be an approved eligible CDBG-CV1 Activity, which includes:

  • Provide testing, diagnosis, or other services at a fixed or mobile location.
  • Increase the capacity and availability of targeted health services for infectious disease response within existing health facilities.
  • Support operations of food banks/pantries including staffing, supplies, utilities, maintenance, sanitary maintenance, and insurance.
  • Support feeding programs to vulnerable populations such as seniors, children, and youth affected by theCOVID-19 outbreak.
  • Provide emergency payments (no more than six months) on behalf of individuals and families to prevent homelessness, including utility payments to prevent cutoff of service and rent/mortgage payments to prevent eviction.



REVIEW: A comment period will begin on Thursday, October 22, 2020 and will continue until the close of business on Tuesday, October 26th.

AGENCY CONTACT:  Karen Jacobson, Executive Director, Randolph County Housing Authority, 2280 Randolph Avenue, Elkins, WV  26241; Phone:  304-636-6495 ext 16.

RCHA conducts business in accordance with the Fair Housing Act (The Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988) with equal access to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.



Request for Proposals for Paving

At the Randolph County Housing Authority, we are preparing to review proposals for the repaving of our parking lot.  If your company would like to submit a bid, please submit your proposal by June 19, 2020 to Randolph County Housing Authority, PO Box 1579, Elkins, WV 26241 or [email protected].

To assist you in preparing your proposal, we are looking for a 2” overlay to include repair to an existing handicap ramp to bring up to ADA standards, clean up around the edges and mill the material for smooth transitions to sidewalks, access to the HomeOwnership building and entrance and exit driveways to Randolph Avenue.  The property address is below if you would like to view the site and measure.


Randolph County Housing Authority

2280 Randolph Ave

Elkins, WV 26241


Questions?  Please contact [email protected].

Thank you for responding to our request.

Notice of PBV Award Selection 2020

On May 27, 2020, the Randolph County Housing Authority (RCHA) selected for Project Based Voucher Assistance the new construction project called Firefly Commons, in Elkins, West Virginia.  The Developer is Woodlands Development Group.  Eight (8) PBVs have been conditionally committed to this project.