Author Archives: Michelle Krocker

NVAHA 15 – Accomplishment #8 (2011): NVAHA Organizes First Regional Northern Virginia Housing Opportunities Expo

NVAHA organized the first ever “Northern Virginia Housing Opportunities Expo.” This event was hosted by NVAHA in cooperation with six jurisdictions including:  the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudon Counties, and the Town of Herndon. NVAHA also received coordination support from two financial institutions that are part of Cardinal Financial Corporation

NVAHA 15 – Accomplishment #7 (2009): A Regional Response to Ending Homelessness

NVAHA collaborated with the Alliance to End Homelessness to convene a regional forum to address homelessness in Northern Virginia. Over 120 attendees from across Northern Virginia came together to identify shared challenges among jurisdictions and to provide recommendations. Their recommendations were published in “Homeless in Northern Virginia: Local Communities Respond to Preventing and Ending Homelessness.”

NVAHA 15 – Accomplishment #6 (2006): NVAHA Sponsors First Regional Legislative Forum on Housing

NVAHA sponsored a half-day legislative forum to identify barriers to the development of affordable housing in our region. The forum brought together over 130 Northern Virginia legislators, housing and smart growth advocates, as well as business leaders. One of the key outcomes from the forum was the creation of Regional Housing Principles, a set of

To Shelter in Place You Need a Safe Place to Shelter

As the novel coronavirus courses through the United States, it sheds light on the inextricable link between housing, socioeconomic status, and health. Individuals experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to infection due to an inability to practice social distancing compounded by a lack of access to timely information about the spread of the virus, and barriers

NVAHA 15 – Accomplishment #5 (2019): NVAHA Hosts “Hybla Valley/Gum Springs Community Listening Session” to Create a Shared Vision for Northern Virginia’s Richmond Highway

The Embark Richmond Highway is a new land-use plan in Fairfax County that will support walking, biking and a bus rapid transit system on Richmond Highway. This plan will also create more than 18,000 new housing units, 8.5 million square feet of nonresidential development, and interconnected parks along a 7.5 mile stretch from Huntington Avenue

Alexandria Housing Advocates on Proposed FY21 Budget

NVAHA has coordinated housing advocacy in the City of Alexandria for several years. Here is a recent letter sent to members of City Council on funding for the Office of Housing as well as additional recommendations for regional cooperation on housing targets and land use and zoning tools to achieve the City’s housing goals. Mayor

NVAHA 15 – Accomplishment #4 (2018): NVAHA Produces “Northern Virginia’s Preservation Challenge: Trends, Threats and Opportunities”

Preservation continues to be an essential tool for addressing housing affordability, and increasingly a way to secure neighborhoods of opportunity for low-income households being priced-out of our high-cost localities.  As our region grows, our older, multifamily rental communities continue to be at risk. Recently, news by the City of Alexandria that as much as 88%

NVAHA 15 – Accomplishment #3 (2005, 2018): NVAHA Advocates for Financial Resources at the Local Level to Support Housing Production

NVAHA led two important advocacy initiatives to raise resources at the local level to support affordable housing production. The first was a 2005 campaign for the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund for Fairfax County. This campaign laid out the chronic shortage of housing in the county; outlined the benefits of having a dedicated revenue

Health and Housing Partnerships: Challenges and Opportunities in the Washington Region

  The social determinants of health – defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work, and age – significantly influence individuals’ health outcomes. As evidence of this influence mounts, a growing number of hospitals, health systems, and insurance providers are investing “upstream,” in initiatives that address

NVAHA 15- Accomplishment #2 (2005-2010): NVAHA Takes a Seat at the Table to Shape the Future of Tysons Corner Urban Center

In 2004 the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Metrorail’s Silver Line was adopted, identifying four transit stations in Tysons. Also in that year, 20 proposals for redevelopment in Tysons were submitted under the county’s Area Plan Review (APR) process.  In May 2005 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the Tysons Land Use Task