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  • Mon, 08/01/2011 : Nova News - Newsletter for Northern Virginia Dental Society Members

    VOICE, a local grassroots organization, recently attended our Northern Virginia Dental Society Executive Committee meeting. Their goal was to discuss ways to amplify the support for Northern Virginal Dental Clinic (NVDC). You may not be aware, but V.O.I.C.E. has been instrumental in getting funding for our clinic at Bailey's Crossroads. They secured commitments for a total of $100,000 from Fairfax County, Arlington County and Alexandria a couple years ago. They are now working to get funding of an equal amount for the new NVDC in Loudon.

  • Thu, 05/12/2011 : The Charlotte Observer

    Bank of America chief executive Brian Moynihan faced more complaints about his bank's handling of foreclosures at Wednesday's annual meeting, but shareholders rejected a proposal that called for an audit committee review of the mortgage business.


    The Rev. Clyde Ellis, a pastor from northern Virginia, said foreclosures have affected many from his congregation. One couple he knows has lost more than 70 percent of its income but was denied a loan modification, he said. Later, inside the annual meeting, Ellis spoke in favor of the shareholder proposal that called for an independent review of the bank's loan modification and foreclosure processes. "You just need to come to Prince William County - you'll see some disaster," Ellis told Moynihan, referencing an earlier comment about the bank's response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. "Sir, you've got to accept full responsibility for everything that has happened in this foreclosure situation."
    The bank CEO thanked him and promised to prioritize helping the county.

  • Mon, 04/11/2011 : Washington Post

    The nation’s lingering housing foreclosure mess is too often about folks with McMansion-size aspirations and duplex paychecks, granite counter appetites and laminate budgets.

    And when we hear that one of the nation’s hot spots for foreclosures is Prince William County, we nod knowingly, thinking of the vast tracts of huge new homes and the dreamers who drowned in them.

  • Mon, 03/21/2011 : Sun Gazette

    The county’s top elected official has pledged to solve a snafu that has left some residents of western Columbia Pike with few good options in getting to the county’s relocated Department of Human Services (DHS) headquarters for medical treatment and other services.

  • Wed, 12/22/2010 : Mount Vernon Voice

    All the residents of Lafayette Apartments on Harrison Lane want is
    a clean, safe place to live.

    Wednesday night, V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith
    Community Engagement) hosted a meeting with residents and Lee
    Supervisor Jeff McKay to demand that the owners, Maine-based
    Eagle Point Management LLC, bring the property, which is
    financed by the Virginia Housing and Development Authority, up
    to code.

  • Fri, 12/17/2010 : Washington Hispanic

    Inquilinos del complejo de apartamentos Lafayette en Fairfax, Virginia atraviesan una difícil situación al tener que habitar viviendas en estados deplorables y enfrentar una continua inseguridad.

    Después de seis meses de reclamos y denunciar indiferencia por parte de la compañía propietaria Eagle Point con el apoyo de la organización V.O.I.C.E. lograron que el supervisor Jeff McKay visite los apartamentos y sea testigo de cómo están viviendo decenas de familias hispanas.

  • Thu, 10/07/2010 : News & Messenger

    The city captured the “State Neighborhood Youth Effort of the Year” for its national pilot “1 By Youth” project that took place on April 24 in the Georgetown South neighborhood.

  • Thu, 09/30/2010 : Alexandria Times

    Residents and ousted occupants of James Bland housing projects said they received justice Saturday after Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority agreed to their demands for fair treatment.

  • Thu, 09/30/2010 : Alexandria Times

    The public housing residents of James Bland and their
    Old Town neighbors have provided a valuable lesson to the
    public. Feeling unfairly treated by their housing authority
    after they were given inadequate notice to move from their
    homes late last year, they decided to something about it.
    They organized — with the help of the interfaith organization
    VOICE — and went about achieving a solution pragmatically
    and effectively.

  • Thu, 09/30/2010 : Washington Post

    Current and former James Bland housing residents thanked the Alexandria City Council and the city's housing authority for resolving their relocation issues after a year of protests and meetings.

  • Tue, 07/06/2010 : Washington Post

    Advocates for uninsured Virginians say slow action from state and federal officials means that thousands of residents who could have received free dental care this summer will go unserved unless Congress intervenes.

  • Mon, 05/03/2010 : WRC (NBC) TV 4

    Residents and a community group have serious concerns about being moved during the redevelopment of the James Bland public housing development in Alexandria, Va.

  • Thu, 04/29/2010 : Mount Vernon Gazette

    Rising Hope UMC and VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) co-sponsored what was billed as a solidarity call for action on Sunday, April 25, to help immigrant youth in particular and immigrants in general.

    The focus of the gathering was to urge enactment of the pending federal legislation known as the DREAM Act that would provide a way for undocumented individuals to become legal residents.

  • Tue, 04/27/2010 :

    Last night, representatives of Virginians Organized For Interfaith Community Engagement walked out of a meeting with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board. VOICE members gave the Board a week to respond to demands concerning the relocation of James Bland residents due to redevelopment.

  • Fri, 04/16/2010 : News & Messenger

    As the executive director of the Prince William Area Free Clinic, Michelle Schuller knows first hand how many adults are in dire need of dental work, but can't afford it.

  • Thu, 04/15/2010 : Washington Post

    The next phase of the James Bland public housing relocation in Alexandria is going to be as chaotic as the first, say current and former residents, but city officials say it will be a much smoother transition.

  • Fri, 04/09/2010 : WAMU 88.5

    Some public housing residents in Alexandria who were forced to move say the city owes them money for the cost of relocating.

    Sharlene Walker lived alone at the James Bland homes in a two-bedroom apartment. Because she had extra space, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority pegged her as one of the tenants who should down size, or right size as the authority calls it. Walker says she thought she was going to be part of one of the later groups being relocated. She assumed she had at least two years left in her space.

  • Fri, 04/09/2010 : WAMU 88.5

    Elected officials in Alexandria are pushing to assure public housing tenants will be given fair notice when they have to relocate.

    Hattie Thompson lived in the James Bland housing homes for three years. Last year, the Walgreen’s employee received a 120 day warning that she would need to move out. But she says she never heard from the housing authority again, until the week she needed to move. That was just days before Christmas.

  • Fri, 04/09/2010 :

    At least once a year, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board and the Alexandria City Council meet to discuss the city’s public housing. Although last night’s meeting was scheduled months ago, one of the main topics was concerns about the relocation of James Bland residents due to redevelopment.

    Martin Trimble is an organizer with Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. “This is a farce,” he said of the meeting. “This has not been a fair process. How can you believe things will change in the next phase?”

    According to the VOICE website: “The first phase of the relocation included moving 32 families outright, with an additional 20 families downsized to smaller units. Despite the expectations conveyed by ARHA, the timeline for the move was poorly implemented rushing some residents out with as little as 72 hours to get their new keys and complete their move, under threat of eviction. Others have not been reimbursed for their costs and some were even charged additional fees.”

  • Thu, 04/01/2010 : Alexandria Times

    Speaking in front of her neighbors at the Providence St. John’s Baptist Church that stands humbly in the James Bland neighborhood, public housing resident Barbara Crowder identified herself with a government-issued label “I’m phase three” before giving her name.