A redevelopment project approved by the Fairfax City Council Tuesday brought the city’s ongoing debate about affordable housing policy to the forefront.
...About 70 affordable housing advocates affiliated with the organization Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) attended Tuesday’s city council meeting to support the affordable housing component of the development.
“I think this is a city that wants to be a city for all people,” said Pastor Henry Brinton of Fairfax Presbyterian Church. “One of the threats that redevelopment brings is that this will become a city for the affluent, and that will hurt us all.”
VOICE members said that a lack of affordable housing also increases traffic congestion and makes it more difficult for businesses to find lower-wage employees to fill vital service jobs.