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VOICE in the News

  • Tue, 05/26/2009 : Washington Examiner

    Alexandria is lending its housing agency nearly $1.5 million for a project to redevelop public housing units at Glebe Park, after a private $2.3 million loan fell through in March.

    The project has been a hot topic since October 2007, when the city approved a $5.6 million loan so the Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s development partner, Bethesda firm EYA, could redevelop the Glebe Park area and the beleaguered James Bland public housing units.

  • Thu, 05/14/2009 : Fairfax Times

    The owners of a deteriorating Baileys Crossroads apartment complex have made some headway in responding to hundreds of fire and building code violations, but tenants are not happy with the progress.

  • Wed, 05/13/2009 : Falls Church News-Press

    In March, in response to requests from tenants of the Vista Gardens apartment complex in the Culmore area of Bailey's Crossroads, Fairfax County fire marshals and zoning enforcement personnel inspected more than 100 units in the decades-old, privately owned, brick, multi-family buildings.

  • Mon, 04/06/2009 : Washington Examiner

    The squalid Vista Gardens apartment complex has corrected “over 80 percent” of the more than 700 fire code violations issued in a Fairfax County crackdown last month, including those for the widespread lack of fire alarms, a fire department spokesman said Monday.

  • Sun, 04/05/2009 : Washington Post

    Since the economic downturn began, requests for food, clothing and rental assistance have skyrocketed in each of our communities of faith throughout Northern Virginia. Multiply that by the 40 congregations in V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) and you'll understand why we and other leaders of this broad cross-section of the religious community are urging our elected leaders in Fairfax County to preserve programs for our most vulnerable.

  • Wed, 03/11/2009 : Arlington Catholic Herald

    Help is coming to the residents of Vista Gardens apartments.

    They came up to the podium a little reluctantly last Wednesday evening in the cafeteria of Corpus Christi School in Falls Church, smiled faintly to friends, neighbors and family then began telling their stories in Spanish, stopping periodically for their words to be translated into English.

  • Sun, 03/01/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette

    Margaret Davis recently had surgery. She has no job, no place to live, and without the support of her church she would have little hope. Recently someone told her that she didn’t look like a homeless person, and it made her mad.

    "I am homeless and I’m not too ashamed to say it," Davis said. As Fairfax County grapples with a projected $650 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, Davis said it was important to continue to fund programs that offer affordable housing and other services to the county’s low-income residents.

  • Tue, 02/03/2009 : Arlington Connection

    Despite declining revenues that are forcing officials to consider budget cuts for the first time in years, County Board Chair Barbara Favola (D) said this weekend that she would not support scaling back Arlington’s affordable housing programs.

  • Mon, 10/06/2008 : News & Messenger

    The first gathering of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, drew 2,014 people from 40 congregations from Prince William, Arlington and Fairfax counties and the city of Alexandria.

  • Fri, 10/03/2008 : News & Messenger

    Upward of 1,800 leaders from 40 religious institutions are expected in Prince William County on Sunday to launch a broad new interfaith organization.

    They will meet at 5 p.m. at the First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries to kick off a new organization in Northern Virginia public life dedicated to a “New Dominion” of justice and political participation in the state.