This section goes on to define some modest steps to support and preserve affordable and mixed-income housing that include linking housing and economic and community development. One bullet point states the goal of ‘creating affordable housing that meets the needs of working Virginians in areas where high housing costs impede economic development, productivity and the quality of life.’ That statement is encouraging for Northern Virginians who are struggling with high costs and flat wages.
While no new funding was identified in this report, it is in the interest of housing advocates to follow the work of the New Virginia Economy Steering Committee which has been charged with implementing this four year plan. Any and all discussions of housing needs should be monitored and supported. At the local level, some jurisdictions are having similar conversations about how to jump-start economic growth and development, as we transition from our over-reliance on the public sector and federal contracts to a more diversified economy.