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Fair Housing in NoVA

  Discussions about racial equity and social justice have become a more intentional part of our regional conversations on housing affordability. Understanding the meaning of institutional racism, white privilege and the de jure and de facto barriers to full participation in the housing markets help us view our land use policies and housing patterns through

Expanding Housing Supply and Affordability

In recent years, the issue of housing affordability has gained prominence in our national dialogue. Efforts to address the rising costs for safe, decent homes have generated substantial debate about the role of market-rate development, the availability of committed affordable housing, and the causes and impacts of gentrification. Today, the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance

Amazon, Housing and the Regional Response

  At their December meeting, NVAHA’s Leadership Council had a lengthy discussion about Amazon and its impact on housing affordability. Since the November 13 announcement by Governor Northam regarding Crystal City’s selection as one of two HQ2 sites and the details around the state’s incentive package, there’s been an avalanche of commentary and analysis by elected

NVAHA in 2018

As we reflect on 2018, we are truly thankful for the hundreds of individuals, community-based organizations and corporate partners from across Northern Virginia who share this work of building more inclusive, equitable and lasting communities. Housing policy and advocacy are our core competencies, but throughout the year we’ve collaborated with houses of worship, smart growth

Sign the Petition – $20M for VHTF!

  We know that housing is the platform upon which individuals and households achieve greater self-sufficiency. Research tells us that place matters, and that the quality and affordability of housing can impact a person’s health, a family’s stability and a community’s economic sustainability. These are issues that matter to Virginians. Yet, for every 100 low-income

Housing and Health Partnerships

Place matters, and in the last few years, research has increasingly demonstrated that where you live can have a dramatic impact on your physical and emotional health. This message was echoed throughout the day-long symposium, Home Remedies Connecting Housing and Health For Stronger Communities, sponsored by Housing Virginia on July 11.  Attended by housing professionals

EMBARK, Preservation and Equity

  On July 25, the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance and the Coalition for Smarter Growth co-hosted a community forum on the preservation of market-affordable housing along the Richmond Highway corridor. We organized the forum to highlight the findings in our recently released report Northern Virginia’s Preservation Challenge, and to call attention to the risk

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

EVICTED

“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

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