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

Another Perspective

Another Perspective features guest bloggers who provide commentary on issues related to housing and its impact on upward mobility or family stability. In this post, we asked one of our millennial colleagues, a recent college grad, to share her thoughts on juggling financial obligations, career decisions, and the issue of housing affordability. Here’s Ashley. If

Addressing Inequality in VA

The Center for American Progress has released its annual “State of the States” report which evaluates progress toward reducing poverty and increasing opportunity by tracking 15 key indicators in each state. How well is Virginia doing in the rankings? The following are some of the more pertinent stats:  #12 Poverty Rate: With a population of

Unskilled Workers Need Not Apply

We know that access to housing that’s affordable is essential for low and moderate income families and individuals. But for many, additional supports are needed to help them increase their confidence and achieve a greater level of independence. Having a job that pays a living wage with opportunities to grow and advance are key elements

Big Urban Planning Developments to Watch in 2016

Several large scale redevelopment/revitalization plans in Northern VA will kick into high gear in 2016. All three areas featured below are large, complex mixed-use sites that include multiple planning goals, require significant rezoning actions, and involve extensive community input – resulting in a multi-year approval process for all of them. And where will housing fit