Upending the Power Structure

It is an axiom of community planning that neighborhood homeowner associations wield considerable influence over development decisions in their communities. These households have a significant financial investment in the community, and their real estate taxes are the largest source of revenue for local governments. As a result, homeowners believe – rightly or wrongly – that

NoVA on $32,000 a Year

Housing costs are extremely high in our area, and the abundant supply of older, affordable rental units built in the ’40s and ’50s has almost disappeared from our landscape as thousands of units have been renovated and converted to higher rents, or demolished and replaced with new luxury units. No where is this more evident

What’s Ahead

A new Administration, a Republican-controlled Congress and a new set of priorities. Little mention was made of housing affordability, safety-net programs, persistent poverty, or better access to  economic opportunities for lower-income households by Mr. Trump on the campaign trail, and his lack of public service or policy-making experience makes it difficult to know what to

Affordability Drives Growth

We’ve been saying for some time now that providing affordable housing opportunities for the workforce is critical to the region’s ability to attract and retain businesses. But now you don’t have to take our word for it – you can hear it firsthand from an employer. Recently Andrew Florance, chief executive of CoStar Group, penned

HTFs – $1.5 Billion Impact

The power of community consensus and advocacy are highlighted at the beginning of the Housing Trust Fund Survey Report 2016 from the Center for Community Change, which states that: “They [trust funds] exist because community organizers, housing advocates and elected officials alike have agreed that a permanent stream of revenues for housing that’s affordable should

Social Equity in Fairfax County

On July 12, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the One Fairfax Resolution, calling for the development of a racial and social equity policy to ensure that all individuals in Fairfax have an opportunity to reach their highest level of personal achievement. The day the resolution was adopted, Chairman Bulova stated that: “One Fairfax emphasizes


Eviction is a way of life for poor renters according to Matthew Desmond, associate professor of sociology and social studies at Harvard. His newly released book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” introduces us to low-income renters in the city of Milwaukee, a typical mid-sized metropolitan area, as he follows their daily life

Housing is a Health Issue

No, Really…housing is a public health issue. As cliché as it may be, health is everything.  The air we breathe – health.  The type of work we do – health.  The quantity and quality of sleep we get – health.  The community we live in – health.  The quality of housing we reside in – health.  Our every

Setting the Proverbial Table

Convening, Collaborating and Constructing the Proverbial “Table” to Create Jobs The Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance. The National Housing Council. The National Alliance to End Homelessness.  As the names reflect, those of us in the affordable housing and homelessness arena recognize that no single organization has all the solutions or the tools to address these

The Next Housing Crisis

Matt Yglesias of Vox and The Real Deal’s Business Insider both write that the next big housing crisis is here. What is it? A chronic undersupply of housing for a growing country, or put another way increasing demand chasing too little supply. The good news is that solving this problem would create several good outcomes