Last month, Rural Development within USDA approved the first Farm Worker Housing in Virginia in over 20 years. The 24-unit new construction project will be built near Parkesly in Accomack County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The project is sponsored by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Housing Alliance.
The Alliance was awarded $1 million from RD in the form of a grant and $1 million in loan to help fund the project, along with rental assistance. Other sources are being pursued to cover the remaining cost. The apartments are targeted towards workers primarily in the poultry industry. Tyson and Perdue have major processing facilities in the area. Construction is expected to begin by the end of this year. The project will include significant green features, including both solar design and sustainable building products.