Housing News

Alexandria Housing Advocates on Proposed FY21 Budget

NVAHA has coordinated housing advocacy in the City of Alexandria for several years. Here is a recent letter sent to members of City Council on funding for the Office of Housing as well as additional recommendations for regional cooperation on housing targets and land use and zoning tools to achieve the City’s housing goals. Mayor

Fairfax City Church Joins Movement to Build Housing on their Land

  The movement to build housing that is affordable on land owned by faith communities has reached the City of Fairfax. As rising rents and a shrinking supply of affordable stock increase the risk of housing instability for low and moderate income households, advocates have been exploring ways to create more homes in communities with

Regional Housing Success Comes With Challenges

This week, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board voted to adopt regional housing targets to expand housing supply in activity centers through 2030, with at least 75 percent of new housing affordable for low and middle income households. First and foremost, this is a huge accomplishment that should be celebrated. We acknowledge and

NoVA Housing Advocates Score Major Budget Gains

Housing advocates should be pleased with the results of the recently adopted fiscal year budgets in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County. While housing affordability has been a persistent challenge for a growing percentage of NoVA’s population, advocates have leveraged the Amazon HQ2 announcement in November, and growing sentiment of housing as a regional concern, to

Fairfax County Candidates Respond to Housing Questionnaire

Housing affordability is a significant concern for a growing percentage of Fairfax County’s population. In a recent county survey, over 1,600 participants identified ‘Housing and Neighborhood Livability,’ ‘Affordability’ and ‘Equity’ as top priorities for 2020 and beyond. We understand why. With average monthly rents of $1,788, and the average home purchase price of $548,800, 44

VA Housing Trust Fund Success!

Yesterday, the Virginia General Assembly voted to accept Governor Northam’s amendment for an additional $4 million in the biennium budget for the state Housing Trust Fund during its one day veto session. This biennium allocation of $18 million for the state housing trust fund, combined with Virginia’s upcoming allocation of $4,672,562 from the National Housing

Fairfax County’s Bold Housing Agenda

Last week, a panel appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors representing a cross-section of community stakeholders and housing advocates finalized their recommendations for Phase II of the county’s Community-wide Housing Strategic Plan. Not since 2005, when then Chairman Gerry Connolly convened the Affordable Housing Preservation Action Committee, has there been such a comprehensive

VA HTF Update

In their version of the budget, the Virginia Senate included $3M over two years for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. Now the House and Senate budget bills need to be reconciled. There is still hope for housing resources, though greatly reduced from the anticipated $20M outlined in the Governor’s budget. For more details, read the

Celebrating 2018 Regional Housing Leaders

The torrential rains last Thursday night didn’t stop housing professionals and friends from attending our 2018 Regional Housing Leaders Reception and Awards Ceremony to honor exceptional individuals and organizations in our industry. These leaders motivate, inspire and call upon all of us to act to create more equitable, inclusive, and thriving communities. We were proud