Vista Gardens Apartments is a located in the heavily immigrant working class neighborhood of Culmore in Fairfax County VA. In 2009 Fr. Tuck Grinnell and leaders from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church began a series of house meetings in the neighborhood.
From the listening sessions, it was apparent that there were appalling safety and health conditions in the complex. Working as partners with the Vista residents, the V.O.I.C.E. team documented the situation and engaged the local government.
On Mothers' Day, the Fairfax County Supervisor and Fire Marshal joined almost 200 residents and V.O.I.C.E. members in a public action, walking through the apartment complex, visiting apartments, and seeing the conditions there first-hand.
VOICE secured a commitment from Fairfax Supervisor Penny Gross to address housing code and safety violations, Fairfax County inspectors issued more than 700 fire code violations notices, and the management was forced to address the issue.