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  • Tue, 06/04/2013 : Washington Post

    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.

  • Tue, 06/04/2013 : Washington Post

    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.

  • Mon, 06/03/2013 : Washington Post

    By Jeremy Borden. Millions in funding for a housing pilot program that would go toward restoring communities affected by the 2008 foreclosure crisis in Prince William County will be promised by two major financial institutions and a Virginia housing agency Monday, according to Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement.

    Prince William suffered more than 20,000 foreclosures during the housing market collapse and was the hardest hit locality in Virginia, according to the coalition of interfaith groups, which has organized around housing issues in the county.

  • Mon, 06/03/2013 : Prince William Today

    A vocal group of religious leaders on Monday night plans to announce a $30 million pilot program to rehabilitate townhouses in Prince William County left vacant by foreclosure. Organizers of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, said the Prince William Restoration Plan will rehabilitate more than 100 vacant properties in Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park.

  • Mon, 06/03/2013 : NBC 4 Washington

    The foreclosure crisis is long over in Prince William County, but hundreds of the abandoned, decaying properties are still left behind. A coalition of religious organizations is launching a plan to use $30 million to rehab foreclosed units and create more affordable rentals. Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) has spent the past three years pressuring lenders at the center of the foreclosure crisis to help financially with the fallout.

  • Mon, 06/03/2013 : MyFox 5 DC

    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.

  • Wed, 05/22/2013 : Fairfax Times

    A local advocacy group is raising concerns that the redevelopment of a county-owned Reston apartment complex could displace the 181 low-income families who live there.

    About 250 people attended a walk at the Crescent Apartments near Lake Anne Village Center on Sunday. Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) organized the event.

  • Wed, 05/22/2013 : Reston Connection

    By John Lovass. It was a lovely Sunday afternoon, ideal for marching to support our neighbors in Lake Anne’s Crescent Apartments and support some old-time Reston values. The march consisted really of walking and stops for speaking of personal memories by past and present Crescent Apartment residents and pleas to protect affordable housing and Crescent residents by Reston faith community leaders.

  • Wed, 05/22/2013 : Reston Connection

    By Lauren Young. On Sunday, May 19, V.O.I.C.E (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) walked with many residents of Reston, and tenants of Crescent Apartments to raise awareness of affordable housing in Reston and more specifically—plans to redevelop the Crescent Apartments on North Shore Drive from 181 units to much larger 700-900 units. These would be privately developed. The issue that V.O.I.C.E and those who participated in the walk on Sunday are addressing is that many of the current residents would be displaced due to the expensive rent of the new apartments. This could force 80 percent of the residents out of the apartments, and possibly out of Reston.

  • Mon, 05/20/2013 : Reston Patch

    Faith leaders and residents of Crescent Apartments in Reston held a One Reston walk on Sunday to bring attention to the need for affordable housing in Reston.

    Crescent Apartments, a 181-unit affordable housing complex near Lake Anne, is owned by Fairfax County and is slated for redevelopment.

  • Wed, 05/15/2013 : Fairfax City Patch

    The Fairfax City Council approved a developer’s plans to replace the Layton Hall garden style apartments with a 360-unit complex.

    Citing the concerns of affordable housing advocates, the developer presented the council with plans for 18 of the 360 apartment units to be set aside for those households making ether 80 percent of 70 percent of the area’s median income.

    “Before I moved to Fairfax I lived in Baltimore and commuted everyday for 10 years. I was overjoyed when I found an apartment I could afford in Fairfax," Charles Bobosh, who lives in Layton Hall, said. “My family works here and goes to school here, and I’d love to stay here.”

    “These are real people, they are our neighbors,” said Henry Brinton, pastor at Fairfax Presyterian Church. “We need to be fair to them and to be fair to the other residents who will be effected to other developments that lie ahead.”

  • Sun, 05/12/2013 : Reston Patch

    Faith community leaders and residents of Reston's Crescent Apartments will hold a march on May 19 to highlight the need for affordable housing in Reston.

  • Thu, 03/28/2013 : CNN

    When the housing crisis came, no community was hit harder than Georgetown South. Tom Foreman looks at the efforts of VOICE, a group in Virginia fighting to keep people in their homes.

  • Mon, 02/11/2013 : Public News Service

    Virginia will receive $3.5 million as part of a lawsuit settlement with financial institutions in the now infamous "robo-signing" of foreclosure documents. Some Virginians hope the state will use the money to help areas affected by foreclosures. The Rev. Clyde Ellis, clergy leader with VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), was part of a team of more than 30 "citizen investigators" who uncovered many potentially fraudulent foreclosure documents in Prince William County, he said.

  • Wed, 10/17/2012 : Mount Vernon Voice
  • Tue, 10/16/2012 : Patch

    A development along Richmond Highway will be providing some funds toward an artificial turf field for a local high school, according to community updates Monday evening from Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland and others. However, it may be some time before students are able to use it. Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland met with parents, students and VOICE leaders Monday at West Potomac High School to provide an update on improving local recreational facilities.

  • Fri, 10/12/2012 : Washington Hispanic

    Iniciar de nuevo, puede ser un termino muy positivo, pero para cientos de familias como es el caso de Adriana Vallenas que vive en el condado de Prince William County, VA que perdió su casa en el 2008, no ha sido una tarea fácil, ya que por razones de crédito no ha logrado reponerse de lo que le causo la crisis de la vivienda. A raíz de esas devastadores situaciones que han pasando cientos de familias, líderes religiosos de VOICE- Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, Iglesias Católicas de Virginia junto al Senador Mark Warner(D-VA) y legisladores estatales importantes de los dos partidos políticos se reunieron con bancos nacionales, como son el Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase y General Electric/GE Capital, para asegurar que rindan cuentas y sigan demostrando su apoyo a los actuales propietarios de manera que sigan expandiendo la reducción de principales para hipotecas del Gobierno y permitirle poco a poca mejorar sus créditos para que puedan tener una vivienda accesible en Prince William County.

  • Wed, 10/10/2012 : NBC 4 Washington

    More than 700 people in desperate need of help packed a church in Prince William County Oct. 1 to share stories of struggle and demand help from banks. News4's Jim Rosenfield reports. Watch the video at the link below.

  • Wed, 10/03/2012 : News & Messenger

    WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- While recent signs show that the housing market might be on the way to recovery, reverberations surrounding the 2007 bursting of the so called “Housing Bubble” continue to reverberate. According to Virginians Orga­nized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, Prince William County was the hardest hit jurisdiction in Virginia with roughly 20,000 foreclosures.

  • Tue, 10/02/2012 : Washington Post / AP

    The scene at a Prince William County church Monday night may have been startling to regulators and some homeowners just a few years ago: a room full of politicians, interfaith leaders and about 700 congregants rising to their feet and praising Bank of America, once reviled by some for its banking practices.

    Bank of America executive Andrew Plepler, in charge of global corporate responsibility, said the bank has been a steadfast partner of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, a coalition of more than 40 interfaith congregations that have sought to hold banks and politicians accountable for the 2008 housing crisis.