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Your Weekly Update: March 30, 2020

Adjusting to a new normal

Earlier today, Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home order, which takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10 , unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.

The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances, as outlined in last week's Executive Order 53. Click here for the full text of today's executive order.

HBAV reminds members that although the construction industry still remains operational at the current time, no one should be conducting business as usual.
It's critical for every member to follow CDC and government guidelines in keeping employees, clients and the general public safe. Not doing so could jeopardize the industry's status as an essential business. Click here for HBAV's latest update.

As of this morning, Norfolk has closed all municipal offices and employees are tele-working.  Inspectors will no longer conduct on-site inspections for the next two weeks, with an extension possible depending on the health crisis status at that time. Contact your inspector to discuss using Face Time, videos or photos.  Third-party inspections continue to be accepted.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was approved Friday includes several provisions to help small businesses and those engaged in the residential construction sector. For a full analysis from NAHB, click here .

The Home Builders Association of Virginia and the Virginia REALTORS ® are strongly recommending that members refrain from holding “traditional” in-person open houses for the foreseeable future and transition to by-appointment only tours and virtual tours. The Virginia Department of Health has also issued guidance pertaining to model homes and open houses . Click here for more details.

The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and the Greater Peninsula Workforce Board have received Rapid Response funding to assist employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds are reserved for small businesses (250 employers or less) and may be used to clean facilities and support other related emergency/contingency needs. Click here for details.

To support multifamily property owners and keep apartment renters in their homes during the national emergency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will offer multifamily property owners mortgage forbearance with the condition that they suspend all evictions for renters unable to pay rent due to the impact of coronavirus. Click here to read more.

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we'll keep you informed with Updates providing information from the localities and agencies you work with on a daily basis.

These Updates also contain links to a wide range of health, business and human resources information compiled by both the state and national home builders associations. You'll find all CVBIA updates sent out over the past few weeks on the association's home page.

Best regards,
Ryan Rose, CVBIA President
HBAV is holding a member-wide Tele-Town Hall meeting at 11:45 a.m., Friday, April 3 to further discuss COVID-19 and its impact on the building and development industry. To register, click here .
Looking for ways to help?
Here are a few ideas . . .

Donate blood
There is a critical need for blood and platelet donations at a time when blood drives are no longer allowed. The American Red Cross is urging all eligible donors to schedule a time to give blood.
Click here to find a donation center near you.
Donate masks
CVBIA is collecting face masks (N95 or disposable) and disposable gloves to distribute to our local healthcare organizations. No contribution is too small.
You can drop off masks at the association office, located at 2117 Smith Ave. in Chesapeake, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 30 - April 3.
Staff will distribute materials collected next week. Questions? jhearn@cvbia.com
The following association events have been postponed and
will be rescheduled.

  • Fair Housing Seminar with AJ Johnson, originally scheduled for March 24; new date is Sept. 22

  • Remodelers Council Seminar with Vince Butler, originally scheduled for April 9; new date to come

  • VRLTA Seminar with Chip Dicks, originally scheduled for April 16; new date to come

  • Annual Picnic & Tailgate Party, orginally scheduled for May 15;
new date to come

  • CMHC Associates' Showcase & Awards of Excellence Celebration, originally scheduled for July 16; new date is Nov. 20.
 It's official! Two HBAs are now one

Tidewater Builders Association and the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association have joined forces to become Coastal Virginia Building Industry Association.

So what does this mean for you? You're now a member of a regional association with a stronger and more united voice on all the issues that impact our industry.

Look for the association's new logo, new website and new social media platforms to debut soon! And click here to read about the merger in a recent issue of Inside Business.
Builders Title has the ability to e-file during these challenging times and is here to help members who may need this service.

Contact Dorothy Johnson at 305-9029 or builderstitle@cvbia.com for details and assistance.
HBAV Housing Excellence Awards program lets you shine!

Individuals, companies and local associations will have a chance to shine in HBAV's inaugural Housing Excellence Awards Competition, featuring categories for Distinguished Builder and Associate, Community of the Year, Multifamily Project of the Year and more.

The entry deadline is this Wednesday, April 1. Winners will be announced at the annual convention in Virginia Beach June 18-21. (See below for convention details.)

Click here for Housing Excellence Awards categories and competition details.

NOTE: At this time, a decision has not been made about rescheduling the HBAV convention.
Annual HBAV convention is in our backyard June 18-21!
Click here for all the details and a special offer just for local members!
Municipal Memos
Virginia Beach has posted its updated Draft Public Works Design Standards Manual . Public comments were reviewed last year and revisions have been incorporated into the recently released version. Click here for details.

A free workshop on "Stormwater and Erosion and Sediment Control for Contractors" will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, May 1 at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission in Chesapeake. For details and to register, click here .

Dominion Energy has released its Subdivision Coordinator contact information for local companies developing or building in new subdivisions. Click here  for contact information.
National News

NAHB is working diligently to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the residential construction sector. You'll find a wealth of information on what the association is doing to protect your business, as well as helpful resources, at www.nahb.org

NAHB BUILD-PAC has launched a campaign that challenges members to get involved in the political process. It's important that the industry mobilizes as a united front during this election year and any contribution - even as little as $20 - will help. Learn more by visiting the Housing 2020 website .
Welcome, new members!
The companies listed here recently joined CVBIA. Please welcome them to the association . . . Remember, it's good business to do business with a member!

Being a member provides you with cost-saving benefits, professional credibility AND advocacy for your company on the local, state and national levels.

There is no better example of the value of your membership, however, than what is taking place at your local, state and national associations during this national COVID-19 emergency.

Not only are you receiving valuable information on how to navigate the new rules for our new normal, your trade association is working hard to keep the industry open for business.

Visit www.nahb.org , www.hbav.com or www.cvbia.com to learn more.
Looking for labor?
The national Home Builders Institute is operating a 12-week construction industry program in Norfolk for transitioning military and is looking for jobs in which to place its students. If you're in need of qualified, reliable employees, contact HBI's Steve Kelley at skelley@hbi.org .
A special thank you to the 2020 members!
If you'd like to join this elite group, whose support helps keep the industry strong for everyone, email ccotton@tbaonline.org
Make the most of your member investment!
Get connected with the Member Information Center!
An important first step to making the most of your membership investment is logging into the Member Information Center and checking out your company profile. Make sure your information is correct and put your best foot forward to the public and fellow members . Click here to get started! ( Tip: Your user name is your email address. If you're not in the association's database, contact Betty Axson at 305-9042 and she'll add your information.)

This Information Center should be your "go to" resource for member contact information, job postings, event registration, local legislator and city staff contacts, and so much more. You can also post news about all the great things your company is doing and if you have any special events or offers coming up! Use the Member Deals and Member Happenings section to promote your products, services and news!

There's even a FREE app that puts everything within easy reach on your phone.
Just search "MemberPlus" on Google Play or the App Store and download it today!