Housing News

VA 12th Highest Housing Wage

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) recently released their annual Out of Reach report for 2018. The report illustrates the discrepancy between wages and the cost of rental housing, and how this trend is not improving. Housing costs continue to increase from year to year, and wages are not keeping up. Nationally, the hourly

VA Responds to Evictions Crisis

The newly-formed Campaign to Reduce Evictions (CARE) launched May 22 with a kick-off presentation at the First Baptist Church in Richmond. Convened by the Virginia Poverty Law Center, this multi-sector group of attorneys, tenant advocates, organizers, and researchers was created in response to the release of Eviction Lab data earlier this year showing an alarming

Dedicated Funding for Housing in Alexandria

On May 3, Alexandria City Council adopted their FY19 budget which included a dedicated source of revenue for affordable housing development. The revenue will come from a 1% increase in the meals tax from 4% to 5%, providing approximately $5 million annually. Combined with developer contributions and loan repayments to the Housing Opportunity Fund, this

Alexandria Meals Tax Increase for Affordable Housing

Last year, a broad coalition of faith communities, human service organizations and housing supporters in the City of Alexandria successfully engaged in an extensive advocacy campaign to secure public funds for an affordable housing development at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Now City Council is considering several options to provide additional funding for affordable

Poll Favors Housing

  The first-of-its-kind public opinion poll on housing was conducted recently by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University to gauge Virginians’ thoughts on policies and programs that address housing affordability in the Commonwealth. The poll was commissioned by the Campaign for Housing and Civic Engagement (CHACE), a statewide housing advocacy network

Adaptive Reuse

Re-purposing or repositioning the glut of vacant and obsolete commercial office buildings is a challenge confronting many jurisdictions throughout the DMV – some more than others. With an estimated 18 million square feet of vacant office space at the end of 2015, Fairfax County took the lead in exploring both the challenges and potential solutions

A Celebration and A Merger

On May 5, NVAHA hosted the fifth annual AHOME Housing Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Reception, a celebration of the careers and achievements of three outstanding housing leaders, at the NRECA Conference Center in Arlington. Housing colleagues from across the region gathered to honor the 2017 awardees – Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, former

Budget Wrap-Ups

  Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County governments have completed their deliberations and adopted budgets for FY2018. This was a particularly challenging year for all jurisdictions, as they experienced pressures from growing school populations and requests for additional metro funding to maintain the viability of the regional transit system. In addition, the City of Alexandria received

Fairfax Co Begins Community Engagement for Housing

  Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is ready to take their presentation for the community-wide Housing Strategic Plan on the road. As we reported last fall, this effort is meant to align with the County’s Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success adopted in 2015. The first community-wide meeting will be held

Union on Queen

Union on Queen is a new mixed-income, multifamily community of 193 apartment residences located in Arlington and developed by The Bozzuto Group and Wesley Housing Development Corporation. Forty percent (78 units) are designated as affordable for households earning 50 and 60 percent of the area median income. The remaining 115 units are market rate apartments.