Housing News

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

Loudoun Issues RFP for $25M Housing Trust Fund

On July 30, Loudoun County’s Department of Family Services issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to eligible affordable housing developers to submit applications for the Affordable Multifamily Housing Loans in accordance with the County of Loudoun Affordable Multifamily Loan program Guidelines approved by the Board of Supervisors on July 3, 2018. The Program is funded by

Evictions Forum in Arlington

  Much ado has been made about Virginia’s high eviction rates since the publication of a New York Times article featuring data from the new Eviction Lab. The shocking data showed that Virginia has five localities in the nation’s top ten for highest eviction rates. While not one of the five localities, Arlington prides itself

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