Monday's Virginian-Pravda reports problems finding housing that will take Section 8 vouchers in Norfolk and Portsmouth. http://hamptonroads.com/2008/06/renters-find-doors-shut-affordable-section-8-housing As I have a Section 8 voucher myself (due to disability), I have some insight on this one.
First of all, note the numbers: Norfolk issues more vouchers despite having about half the population of Virginia Beach, while Portsmouth issues about 65% despite having about 25% of the population. Virginia Beach should have a much larger voucher program than it does. If it did, the problems finding an unit would be infinitely greater. As is, only one-third of the landlords on the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation's (DHNP) "affordable housing" list will accept Section 8 vouchers.
Second, it raises another question: Where will the region's poor live? Our businesses require blue-collar labor, and that labor needs housing.
Then, I have a simple solution for some young lady trying to find housing that is Section 8 subsidized: marry me. I have a voucher and a two bedroom apartment that is in the program.
All she'd have to do is go down to DHNP and complete the requisite paperwork.