Author Archives: Michelle Krocker

The Story of 22305 Is Not Unique to Alexandria

As the coronavirus spreads and more testing is performed, anxious residents are demanding more information regarding the rate of infection in their community. In response, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) changed its long-standing policy not to release data at the ZIP code level to protect patient privacy and due to concerns the difficulty in

NVAHA 15 – Accomplishment #11 (2020): NVAHA and HAND Host “Rx For Building Health and Housing Partnerships”

Research tells us that only 30% of a person’s health is addressed in a medical facility. The remainder of our health outcomes are affected by the conditions that exist in the communities where we live, work, learn and play. For years, affordable housing and community development professionals have identified these elements – social determinants of

NVAHA 15 – Accomplishment #10 (2011): NVAHA Releases “Charting a Way Forward: Preserving Market Rate Affordable Housing in Northern Virginia’s Inner Suburbs”

“Charting a Way Forward: Preserving Market Rate Affordable Housing in Northern Virginia’s Inner Suburbs” was the first report to take a comprehensive look at the impact of plan approvals for the redevelopment of three contiguous major transit corridors in the inner suburbs of Northern Virginia–Columbia Pike, Seven Corners and the Beauregard Corridor–on existing market affordable

NVAHA 15 – Accomplishment #9 (2015): NVAHA Hosts “Where Will Our Jobs Sleep at Night?”

In 2015, NVAHA hosted “Where Will Our Jobs Sleep at Night?” a regional discussion highlighting the relationship between housing affordable for the workforce and our region’s economic vitality. This panel discussion, held at Capital One headquarters, drove a crowd of over 150 attendees.  The heart of the discussion centered around startling statistics that shed light

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