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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tue, 10/02/2012 : Patch

    More than 700 people came to the gathering of religious leaders, state and national politicians, and financial institution representatives.

    On a night when local religious leaders challenged state and national politicians and financial institution representatives to play the part of the Good Samaritan and assist their neighbors struggling with foreclosure, Montclair resident Chris Phillips came to the gathering at St. Paul's United Methodist Church organized by Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement to ask for help before he gets evicted from his foreclosed home on Thursday morning.

  • Sun, 09/16/2012 : Washington Post

    By Jeremy Borden. "Can I get your name and the account number you're talking about?" the bank representative asks. Things are tense in the office of Charlene Watkins-Byrd, a housing counselor for the Woodbridge-based nonprofit group First Home Alliance. But when Watkins-Byrd calls the mortgage servicer on behalf of David and his wife, Rebekah, a game of seemingly pleasant cat-and-mouse between housing counselor and financial agency representative ensues.

  • Fri, 08/31/2012 : Washington Hispanic

    Supervisores del condado de Fairfax se comprometen a renovar canchas deportivas y crear áreas de juego.

  • Fri, 08/31/2012 : Mount Vernon Gazette

    Mount Vernon — Touring three neglected athletic fields Aug. 15, Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and Park Authority board member Edward Batten heard public testimony urging them to take action. Both expressed their intent to make the fields playable and safe.

  • Wed, 08/22/2012 : Mount Vernon Voice

    At Mount Vernon Woods Park Carla Claure told a small crowd which included Lee Supervisor Jeff McKay and Fairfax County Park Authority board member Ed Batten that all she wants is a safe place for her three daughters, Carla, 17, Daniella, 6, and Alejandra, 3, to play.

  • Thu, 08/16/2012 : Mount Vernon Patch

    Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay met with student athletes, community members and other local officials Wednesday evening during a tour designed to promote improvements to Mount Vernon-area athletic fields and facilities.

    Stops included Muddy Hole Farm Park, Mount Vernon Woods Park and Mount Vernon High School.

  • Thu, 07/05/2012 : Washington Jewish Week

    A group of McLean and Falls Church activists got most of what they wanted last week, at a meeting during which they pressed local officials to increase services for the area's growing senior population.

  • Fri, 06/22/2012 : Herndon Patch

    VOICE congregations celebrated raising $200,000 to expand dental care for low-income adults in western Fairfax County on Sunday.

    VOICE clergy leaders, partners and donors cut the ribbon around a large paper mache tooth to mark a milestone in their fundraising on Sunday.

    The group collected $200,000 in private funds to add a full-time dentist to the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic in Sterling to serve low-income adults in western Fairfax County. The celebration included about 150 people from St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Trinity Presbyterian, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation and The Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston. There was food and Latin music to celebrate.