The mission of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance is to expand political will to make housing affordability a regional priority through:
- education and community outreach, leading to creative and supportive public policies;
- increased financial resources; and,
- a sustained commitment to meeting the housing needs of low and moderate income households.
Our activities raise public awareness and provide educational materials and programs for communities on the topic of affordable housing. We focus on the community benefits of affordable communities, addressing housing myths and misconceptions. We collaborate with many partners: community-based organizations, faith-based communities, civic associations, local governments, and chambers of commerce to provide balance to the growth and development voices who are well organized, vocal, and too often misinformed.
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
About the People
We address the needs of low and moderate income people of all ages, family sizes, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities. We strive to ensure support for people of extremely low income, as well as those who may have special needs, both now and in the future.
About the Housing
We promote policies that create, preserve, and maintain a wide variety of single- and multi-family housing types and sizes, providing both affordable rental and homeownership options in mixed-income communities.
We support housing throughout Northern Virginia which is compatible with existing communities, incorporates green building principles, and is well-designed, safe, and sustainable. We endorse the principles of universal design, visitability, and the ability to age-in-place.
About the Environment We Want to Foster
We reach out to inform, value and collaborate with all stakeholders who comprise our communities, and to establish consensus goals that include preserving and increasing the supply of diverse affordable housing stock.
We support the coordination of affordable housing production with the employment, transportation, retail, educational, social services and recreational needs of residents.
NVAHA Board of Directors:
Shelley Murphy, President
Bailey Edelson, Treasurer
Melissa Bondi, Secretary
Greg Carter, Director
Conrad Egan, Director
Nina Janopaul, Director
Michael Scheurer, Director
Jon Smoot, Director
Michael Spotts, Director
Michelle Krocker, Executive Director
NVAHA Leadership Council
The Leadership Council is comprised of 22 partner organizations representing industry professionals engaged in affordable housing development, finance, policy and supportive services who serve as advisors for Alliance programs and work activities. This council meets six times a year to receive updates on federal housing activities and policies; state and local housing programs and new initiatives; hear presentations from industry experts, and engage in advocacy for specific policies or activities. They are an important regional voice for housing affordability in Northern Virginia.
Alexandria Housing Development Corporation
Alliance for Housing Solutions, Arlington
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Coalition for Smarter Growth
Enterprise Community Partners
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
Habitat for Humanity Northern Virginia
Jill Norcross Consulting
The Michaels Organization
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Housing Division
Neighborhood Fundamentals, LLC
Rebuilding Together Alexandria
Wesley Housing Development Corporation