Virginia Mortgage Relief Program

Virginia Mortgage Relief Program Hosts Application Assistance Outreach Event

Program Staff Onsite in Portsmouth, VA

The Virginia Mortgage Relief Program, or VMRP, was established through the 2021 American Rescue Plan to address mortgage and other qualified home ownership-related delinquencies to avoid default, foreclosure, or displacement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

VMRP will be in Portsmouth, see details below:

Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority
3116 South Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707

Date:            Thursday, October 27, 2022

Time:            12 – 5 p.m.

During the event, case management and outreach staff from the Virginia Mortgage Relief Program will be on-site to help homeowners, who need assistance with mortgage and other housing-related costs due to the pandemic, learn more about the program and complete their applications.

If you have a constituent who would like application assistance, please ask them to schedule an appointment to meet with a case manager at this event by contacting the VMRP Call Center at 833-687-8677, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Walk-ins for application support at the outreach event will be accepted as availability permits. Note: Applicants with a completed application on file with the VMRP do not need to attend.

Those interested in applying for program assistance at the event can view a list of required documents and program eligibility requirements can be found, HERE

Program Background

VMRP provides assistance of up to $40,000 for qualified homeowners as long as funding is available.

For qualified homeowners, the VMRP offers financial assistance for:

  • Delinquent mortgage payments, mortgage reinstatement or other housing payments related to a period of forbearance, delinquency, or default;
  • Delinquent homeowner’s flood and mortgage insurance;
  • Delinquent homeowner’s association (HOA) fees or liens and other fees and charges; and/or
  • Delinquent property taxes.

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number HAF-0003 awarded to the Commonwealth of Virginia by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

2022 Portsmouth City Council Forum

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 21, 2022 for the 2022 Portsmouth City Council Forum hosted by the Lefcoe Alumni Association in partnership with the Portsmouth Council of Civic Organizations at I.C. Norcom High School from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

There will be a Meet and Greet (without food and beverage) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Plan to join community members to hear the positions of the 11 candidates for Portsmouth City Council.  The Lefcoe Alumni Association has developed a reputation for a well-run, unbiased, non-partisan forum from which citizens learn much about those running for elected office.  Join us.

Upcoming Events:

Calvary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall / 7:00pm
Download the meeting agenda HERE.

Location and start time to be announced.
A national community-building campaign
that promotes police-community

Location and start time to be announced.
Sign up with Joe Scharl to host a stop. One
free ticket included per host house!

Neighborhood Pot Luck: Sunday, May 22nd

Join your neighbors for a pot luck! To be held at Leckie Street and Jamestown Avenue.

Civic League to provide burgers, hot dogs, and buns. BYOB, a chair, and a dish to pass.

Please RSVP, so appropriate quantities of food can be purchased.

You can find us on FaceBook!

2016 Slate of Officers

The 2016 Officers for the Shea Terrace Civic League take their respective roles to continue guiding and improving our neighborhood. Welcome aboard!



From left to right: Kristen Jones, Vice-President / Sarah Cunningham, President / Amy Fox, Treasurer / Pat Pfeiffer, Secretary

Constitution Water and Sewer Rehab Newsletter

The City of Portsmouth Department of Public Utilities will soon begin replacement of the existing water and sanitary sewer mains along a portion of Constitution Avenue from approximately North Street to Ann Street.  In general, this work will be confined to excavation of the roadway for installation of the pipes, manholes, and various connections.  Upon completion of the utility work, this portion of Constitution Avenue will be repaved.

The project was awarded to Gaston Brothers with an anticipated mobilization at the beginning of May.  The total construction time for this project is two months.  Unfortunately, construction of this magnitude can be disruptive.  However, the City and Gaston Brothers will work very hard to minimize disruptions.  Construction activity will be limited to Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.  However, there will be a maximum of three scheduled water service interruptions as the contractor replaces the water lines.  This work will occur between the hours of midnight and 6 am and you will be notified in advance.

Click the link below to see the attached PDF for information on entrance and exit plans for Shea Terrace traffic.

Portsmouth Public Utilities Work on Constitution Avenue


Many of you have been wondering about the utilities work on Constitution Avenue.

I spoke with Brian Foster at Portsmouth Public Utilities at 393 8691, ext 2192.

The situation with the sewer pipes in this area has been longstanding.  I am sure that you have seen the Department of Public Utilities vehicles “bubbling out” this area of the neighborhood.  Now, the situation has become worse, causing the collapse of part of the street and necessitating the pumping machine to be on 24/7.

All of this is due to aging infrastructure and begs for a permanent solution.

The final bids to correct the total problem on Constitution Avenue were due in yesterday (April 8th).  During the next few weeks, a contractor will be chosen. We will have notification before work begins and advanced notice of any time the water will be shut off.  The project may take up to 4 months.

This will cause some disruption, but the ultimate result will be a long-term solution vs. the piecemeal repairs that last only a few years.

Your Civic League will continue to keep you informed as the start date comes closer.  We will have direct contact to project managers and have a commitment from Mr. Foster that his department will keep in close contact with the neighborhood via the Civic League.

Best regards,

Bruce Bremer, President
Shea Terrace Civic League