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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

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

Leveraging Local Housing Dollars

There’s a lot of anxiety and concern over the Trump administration’s proposal for the FY2018 federal budget. The HUD budget alone anticipates a 13% reductions in funds – a loss of $6.2 billion compared to FY2016 levels. These cuts would devastate low-income households, seniors and persons with disabilities, and eliminate entire programs critical to localities

Out of Reach in NoVA

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released Out of Reach 2017, their annual report on the state of affordable rental housing in America, and its conclusions are dire. Millions of Americans struggle to find housing that is affordable on their salaries, and in no state can a person working full-time earning the federal minimum

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

Arlington Landlord Partnership

As the result of a new collaboration between the Arlington County Housing Assistance Bureau and Arlington human services agencies, local landlords and property managers, the Arlington Landlord Partnership (ALP) has been created. The goal of the ALP is to increase the availability of rental housing for homeless individuals and families who normally would not be

Fairfax County Proffer Map

On July 1, the new proffer legislation passed by the last session of the General Assembly goes into effect, and many jurisdictions are unsure exactly what the impact will be on their ability to negotiate community benefits in exchange for density. Fairfax County has created a map of designated mixed-use areas that are exempt from

Housing: Part of the Nighttime Economy

Loudoun County is the latest in a growing list of jurisdictions taking a comprehensive look at how they plan for future growth and attract and retain a talented workforce in light of changes to the region’s economy and jobs market. All of this is happening amidst strong emerging public preferences for live/work/play development that features

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