Back to School for Housing Advocates

September is back to school month, and that includes housing advocates as well. There’s been a flurry of housing activity over the summer, and we have a lot of catching up to do. Since the announcement of HQ2 last November, housing as a regional priority has been rising, and we don’t see any sign of

More Than A Transit Corridor

As inner suburban areas in Northern Virginia redevelop their aging strip shopping centers located along major transit routes, local jurisdictions diligently reach out to solicit public engagement and feedback. Community stakeholders are encouraged to participate in an inclusive planning process that will result in benefits for all who live there. Countless community meetings are convened

Campaign for Housing and Civic Engagement

  The Campaign for Housing and Civic Engagement (CHACE) is a statewide campaign to raise awareness of housing issues among candidates for elected office. Spearheaded by the Virginia Poverty Law Center and the Virginia Housing Alliance, CHACE launched in 2017 in coordination with the Housing Week of Action, a nationwide effort sponsored by Our Homes, Our

Letter to Arlington County Board re Amazon

As developers, policy analysts and nonprofit organizations engaged in the work of affordable housing and community development, the Leadership Council of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance supports Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington. Their arrival will fill the void created by the 17,000+ jobs lost during the BRAC repositioning, and advance critical investments in transportation and

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