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Celebrating $30 Million from Foreclosure Fight - June 3, 2013

After 2 years of actions targeting banks, VOICE celebrated $30 million commmited for restoration of communities hard-hit by foreclosure. Read more about Celebrating $30 Million from Foreclosure Fight - June 3, 2013

$30 Million Prince William Restoration Fund - 2013

On Monday, June 3, 2013, more than 500 VOICE leaders gathered at Woodbridge Middle School in Prince William County, VA to announce $30 million in commitments for VOICE's Prince William Restoration Fund.  The fund will help launch a pilot to (1) rehab 100 abandoned / blighted properties for affordable homeownership & rental housing, and (2) develop 1,500 units of rental housing over the next 15 years in Northern Virginia.  Commitments were: Read more about $30 Million Prince William Restoration Fund - 2013

Georgetown South in Manassas: A neighborhood remaking itself

Each time Ron Taylor steps outside the squat brick townhouse he rents in the Manassas neighborhood of Georgetown South, the house next door is a reminder of how things used to be. It’s his old home, now vacant. The yard, where he once carefully carved a planter from a tree trunk, is overgrown with weeds. Taylor, 68, and his wife lived there for about a decade before it was foreclosed on last year. Georgetown South was envisioned as a tony, southern sister for the District’s famous and affluent Georgetown when it was built in 1964.

Churches forgo the hammer on housing

The Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity builds houses using volunteer labor and has helped many low-income families become homeowners. But the recent foreclosure crisis and shortage of rental units have opened my eyes to an even bigger need — helping families to stay in their homes.

Instead of swinging a hammer, I'm meeting with developers, bankers and politicians in an effort to preserve affordable housing for my needy church members and neighbors. It's a trend that has caught on across the country. Read more about Churches forgo the hammer on housing

VOICE Pulls In $30 Million to Rebuild Foreclosed Communities in PWC

Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement brought in $30 million in committed funds to rebuild foreclosed communities in Prince William County. More than 500 religious leaders were present June 3 at Woodbridge Middle School as VOICE unveiled the committed funds from Bank of America, General Electric and the Virginia Housing & Development Authority. BOA committed $10 million, General Electric committed $5 million, and the VHDA committed $15 million. Read more about VOICE Pulls In $30 Million to Rebuild Foreclosed Communities in PWC

Pr. William Group, VOICE, announces housing pilot program

Replete with Biblical allusion and allegory, the motif of good vs. evil and the prophets of earth and the Holy Book, leaders of a Northern Virginia interfaith group summoned higher powers Monday night to describe the 2008 foreclosure crisis and its aftermath. Leaders of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement also focused on how they could hold those who sinned — in their view, the major banks who engaged in subprime lending in low-income, minority communities in Prince William — accountable and seek to right past wrongs. Read more about Pr. William Group, VOICE, announces housing pilot program

Faith Group Unveils Plan to Rebuild Blighted Homes

Jews in Northern Virginia were part of a coalition of some 50 religious communities that announced a $30 million reinvestment plan to rebuild deteriorating communities in Prince William County. The coalition, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, unveiled the plan June 3 at a Woodbridge school in the presence of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and executives of financial institutions that agreed to finance the rebuilding. Read more about Faith Group Unveils Plan to Rebuild Blighted Homes

Group Says JPMorgan Did Not Help Virginia County Recover from Housing Crisis

Fifty interfaith leaders and foreclosure victims working as part of the group Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) protested outside the J.P. Morgan Chase office in the District today. The group says the bank has refused to invest in a $30 million federal pilot program to help Prince William County recover from the housing crisis, which saw 20,000 foreclosures. The group says J.P. Morgan Chase, General Electric and Bank of America were responsible for the bulk of those foreclosures. Read more about Group Says JPMorgan Did Not Help Virginia County Recover from Housing Crisis

Faith Groups Raise Voice to Protect Neighborhoods Affected by Foreclosure

At a roundtable, fifteen Muslims nervously share stories about their financial problems. It is a new concept especially for older immigrants, not used to airing their laundry in public, more so inside a masjid. They are at the Dar al Noor Islamic Center in Manassas, VA located in a county heavily hit by the mortgage crisis. Some skip their turn but then gain the courage to speak up, after seeing others in the same situation. Read more about Faith Groups Raise Voice to Protect Neighborhoods Affected by Foreclosure

NOVA churches convince banks to commit over $30 million

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Prince William County and Manassas were the hardest hit communities in Virginia by the 2008 housing collapse. Now a group of religious leaders has announced a $30 million plan to help families who lost their homes to foreclosure. At a meeting Monday night at Woodbridge Middle School in Woodbridge, VOICE (Virginians Organized For Interfaith Community Engagement) announced a pilot program to rehab 100 vacant and blighted townhomes and to build 1,500 units of affordable rental housing over a 15-year period. Read more about NOVA churches convince banks to commit over $30 million

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