Housing News

Poll Favors Housing

  The first-of-its-kind public opinion poll on housing was conducted recently by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University to gauge Virginians’ thoughts on policies and programs that address housing affordability in the Commonwealth. The poll was commissioned by the Campaign for Housing and Civic Engagement (CHACE), a statewide housing advocacy network

Adaptive Reuse

Re-purposing or repositioning the glut of vacant and obsolete commercial office buildings is a challenge confronting many jurisdictions throughout the DMV – some more than others. With an estimated 18 million square feet of vacant office space at the end of 2015, Fairfax County took the lead in exploring both the challenges and potential solutions

A Celebration and A Merger

On May 5, NVAHA hosted the fifth annual AHOME Housing Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Reception, a celebration of the careers and achievements of three outstanding housing leaders, at the NRECA Conference Center in Arlington. Housing colleagues from across the region gathered to honor the 2017 awardees – Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, former

Budget Wrap-Ups

  Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County governments have completed their deliberations and adopted budgets for FY2018. This was a particularly challenging year for all jurisdictions, as they experienced pressures from growing school populations and requests for additional metro funding to maintain the viability of the regional transit system. In addition, the City of Alexandria received

Fairfax Co Begins Community Engagement for Housing

  Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is ready to take their presentation for the community-wide Housing Strategic Plan on the road. As we reported last fall, this effort is meant to align with the County’s Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success adopted in 2015. The first community-wide meeting will be held

Union on Queen

Union on Queen is a new mixed-income, multifamily community of 193 apartment residences located in Arlington and developed by The Bozzuto Group and Wesley Housing Development Corporation. Forty percent (78 units) are designated as affordable for households earning 50 and 60 percent of the area median income. The remaining 115 units are market rate apartments.

Ending Homelessness – We Know How

This is the time of year when area jurisdictions begin to release the results of their Point-in-Time surveys. These surveys are a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. This annual count is a HUD requirement for Continuums of Care to identify homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency

FY18 Budgets Constrained

In the next two weeks, local governments will unveil their draft Fiscal Year 2018 budgets, and the word CONSTRAINED can aptly be applied to all of them. A common set of challenges face many of our local jurisdictions including: Robust growth in school populations and the need for new school construction; Persistently stubborn high vacancy

NoVA 2017

Here’s what we’ll be watching in NoVA in 2017: Development is picking up in the City of Alexandria, including new projects by nonprofit developers of affordable housing. Last year the City Council approved AHC’s St. James Plaza, and in December Alexandria Housing Development Corporation and Carpenter’s Shelter received approval to build a new shelter with

Fairfax Co Housing Strategic Plan

At the request of the Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently presented their framework for a new Housing Strategic Plan for the County. Stressing that this would not be a needs assessment, HCD’s Director said that this plan will align with other recent master plans, including the