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We Know What To Do

For a significant percentage of the workforce and vulnerable households living in Greater Washington, housing affordability is a challenge, and as such that challenge poses threats to our long-term regional vitality and prospects for economic growth. We Know What To Do Over the years, a considerable amount of research has identified, reviewed and documented the

Who Is Cost-Burdened?

The loss of market affordable housing stock in Northern Virginia over the past decade is well-documented. First captured by local housing agencies in 2000, this trend has been covered more recently by local journalists, building awareness of the issue of housing affordability as a significant regional challenge. The latest examples on the loss of these

Leveraging Local Housing Dollars

There’s a lot of anxiety and concern over the Trump administration’s proposal for the FY2018 federal budget. The HUD budget alone anticipates a 13% reductions in funds – a loss of $6.2 billion compared to FY2016 levels. These cuts would devastate low-income households, seniors and persons with disabilities, and eliminate entire programs critical to localities

Out of Reach in NoVA

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released Out of Reach 2017, their annual report on the state of affordable rental housing in America, and its conclusions are dire. Millions of Americans struggle to find housing that is affordable on their salaries, and in no state can a person working full-time earning the federal minimum

Upending the Power Structure

It is an axiom of community planning that neighborhood homeowner associations wield considerable influence over development decisions in their communities. These households have a significant financial investment in the community, and their real estate taxes are the largest source of revenue for local governments. As a result, homeowners believe – rightly or wrongly – that

NoVA on $32,000 a Year

Housing costs are extremely high in our area, and the abundant supply of older, affordable rental units built in the ’40s and ’50s has almost disappeared from our landscape as thousands of units have been renovated and converted to higher rents, or demolished and replaced with new luxury units. No where is this more evident

What’s Ahead

A new Administration, a Republican-controlled Congress and a new set of priorities. Little mention was made of housing affordability, safety-net programs, persistent poverty, or better access to  economic opportunities for lower-income households by Mr. Trump on the campaign trail, and his lack of public service or policy-making experience makes it difficult to know what to

Affordability Drives Growth

We’ve been saying for some time now that providing affordable housing opportunities for the workforce is critical to the region’s ability to attract and retain businesses. But now you don’t have to take our word for it – you can hear it firsthand from an employer. Recently Andrew Florance, chief executive of CoStar Group, penned

HTFs – $1.5 Billion Impact

The power of community consensus and advocacy are highlighted at the beginning of the Housing Trust Fund Survey Report 2016 from the Center for Community Change, which states that: “They [trust funds] exist because community organizers, housing advocates and elected officials alike have agreed that a permanent stream of revenues for housing that’s affordable should

Social Equity in Fairfax County

On July 12, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the One Fairfax Resolution, calling for the development of a racial and social equity policy to ensure that all individuals in Fairfax have an opportunity to reach their highest level of personal achievement. The day the resolution was adopted, Chairman Bulova stated that: “One Fairfax emphasizes