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Our Social Safety Net is Catching More Americans Than Ever, Now is the Time for Long-Term Investment

Non-profit organizations across the U.S. are doing a heroic job responding to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic. Some organizations are connecting vulnerable residents to essential services such as healthcare, housing, and food assistance, while others provide funding and education, and advocate on behalf of frontline service providers. State and local governments are also stepping up to

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

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

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