Author Archives: Michelle Krocker

Preservation Through an Equity Lens

In May, Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors approved a redevelopment plan along Route 1 in south county known as EMBARK Richmond Highway. This multi-year plan envisions multimodal improvements – roadway, bicycle/pedestrian and transit – from Huntington to Woodbridge, and the development of six community business centers with a mix of residential, office and retail uses

VA 12th Highest Housing Wage

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) recently released their annual Out of Reach report for 2018. The report illustrates the discrepancy between wages and the cost of rental housing, and how this trend is not improving. Housing costs continue to increase from year to year, and wages are not keeping up. Nationally, the hourly

Arlington’s Big Idea Roundtable

Throughout the month of June, Arlington residents had the opportunity to sit down with County Board members, commissioners, and neighbors to discuss the future of Arlington through the Big Idea Roundtables. Five events were scheduled and held at different times and locations to accommodate various resident schedules. There was high interest in the meetings, generating

VA Responds to Evictions Crisis

The newly-formed Campaign to Reduce Evictions (CARE) launched May 22 with a kick-off presentation at the First Baptist Church in Richmond. Convened by the Virginia Poverty Law Center, this multi-sector group of attorneys, tenant advocates, organizers, and researchers was created in response to the release of Eviction Lab data earlier this year showing an alarming

Dedicated Funding for Housing in Alexandria

On May 3, Alexandria City Council adopted their FY19 budget which included a dedicated source of revenue for affordable housing development. The revenue will come from a 1% increase in the meals tax from 4% to 5%, providing approximately $5 million annually. Combined with developer contributions and loan repayments to the Housing Opportunity Fund, this


“There’s a knock on the door. Whether or not the belongings are packed, the kids are ready, or the new plan is put in place, it no longer matters. The eviction has begun: it’s time to leave.” This statement, based on Matthew Desmond’s 2016 best seller, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, greets the

Fx Co Draft Housing Plan Presentation

On Tuesday May 8th, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Committee on Health, Housing and Human Services will meet in Room 11 at the Government Center at 3 PM to hear a presentation on the Draft Community-wide Housing Strategic Plan. The Plan was developed at the direction of the Board of Supervisors to align with

Alexandria Meals Tax Increase for Affordable Housing

Last year, a broad coalition of faith communities, human service organizations and housing supporters in the City of Alexandria successfully engaged in an extensive advocacy campaign to secure public funds for an affordable housing development at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Now City Council is considering several options to provide additional funding for affordable

Fx Co Housing Plan Unveiled

The proposed Community-wide Housing Strategic Plan will be presented to the Health, Housing and Human Services Committee of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the first time on Tuesday, January 16, 9:30 AM at the County Government Center, Room 11.

Housing in Fx Co

In the first quarter of 2018, the final recommendations for Fairfax County’s Strategic Housing Plan will be presented to the Board of Supervisors (BOS). Considered a companion report to the county’s comprehensive Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success, this plan will offer short term and long term strategies to address the growing shortage of housing