Housing News

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

Increasing Housing Supply in High-Cost Areas

Strategies for Increasing Housing Supply in High-Cost Cities: DC Case Study. This Urban Institute paper uses the Washington, DC region to explore the barriers and opportunities to increase the supply of housing. Given projections of population and job growth, our region has a significant shortage of housing, and in particular, housing that is affordable for

Make Room Campaign

The Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance has signed on to the Make Room Campaign. Will your organization sign on too? As advocates, we know what’s at stake. More than 20 million American families – including seniors, millennials, veterans, people with disabilities and the working poor – can barely keep a roof over their heads, paying

Losing Affordability in North Arlington

In the Westover neighborhood of north Arlington, 450 older affordable units are at risk of demolition and redevelopment, but the land use and regulatory tools that could preserve these units are complicated and costly. And time may be running out – in the past two years, 62 units have been demolished to make way for

Fx Co Acquisition Funding

Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will release an RFP in mid-July for approximately $6.8 million for a new multifamily development. The allocation combines funding from prior years, carryover and some new funding.  Based on input from developers at a recent county forum, the process will move from a single deadline to

Surprise Decision for Ramsey Homes

After more than a year of contentious public hearings and community meetings, Alexandria’s City Council voted unanimously for a new direction in the redevelopment of Ramsey Homes. At their last meeting before summer recess, Council directed city staff to focus their analysis and feasibility studies on a plan that includes demolition of all four existing

Arlington Landlord Partnership

As the result of a new collaboration between the Arlington County Housing Assistance Bureau and Arlington human services agencies, local landlords and property managers, the Arlington Landlord Partnership (ALP) has been created. The goal of the ALP is to increase the availability of rental housing for homeless individuals and families who normally would not be