Members of the Fairfax community gathered Monday evening for a discussion on affordable housing options available to lower-income residents.
The discussion was hosted by Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement as a way to raise awareness on an issue they believe is critical for the future of the City of Fairfax.
In attendance were Mayor Scott Silverthorne, as well as City Councilmembers David Meyers and Michael DeMarco. Read more about Community group holds discussion on affordable Fairfax housing
ARLINGTON, VA (Jan. 25, 2014) – All three Democrats vying for the seat of retiring County Board member Chris Zimmerman declared support last night for the plan proposed by VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) to target county-owned sites for development of affordable housing for households with annual incomes of $50,000 or less. Read more about News Release - VOICE Holds Forum with Arlington County Board Candidates
Editor: Last month, the County Board made a potentially historic decision to use public land for the public good of remedying the affordable-housing crisis in our community – “potentially” historic, because history will be made only if the county government follows through with a timely schedule for developing affordable housing before it’s too late. Read more about County Board Will Be Held to Account on Affordable-Housing Decisions
Housing activists pushing Arlington County to build 1,500 new units of affordable housing on county-owned land said Tuesday that they do not plan to back off after the County Board said it will consider the idea along with other proposals in the coming year.
“We are not going away,” said Robert Buckman, one of the leaders of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Empowerment (VOICE), which collected 10,375 signatures in the past six months in support of its plan. “Priorities are nice, but without deadlines, nothing happens.” Read more about Activists push for affordable housing on public land in Arlington
Finding ways to address the shrinking supply of affordable rental housing in Arlington County would be the County Board’s biggest priority in 2013, chairman J. Walter Tejada (D) declared in January. Read more about Arlington affordable-housing solutions sought
County Board Chairman Walter Tejada said the board on Dec. 17 will reply to a petition submitted by housing activists, seeking to use public land for construction of affordable units. "Our statement will be positive," Tejada said at the Dec. 14 board meeting. The organization - Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE - recently presented board members with a 10,000-signature petition, urging the county government to use some of the land under its control for construction of new housing. Read more about Housing Activists to Get Their Answer on Dec. 17
Those who are doing the asking consider it an easy-to-grant request, and the answer they receive could help determine the direction of the county government’s affordable-housing policy for years to come. Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, is asking County Board members to direct staff to analyze a list of publicly owned sites that could be used for affordable housing, and report back next April with the three most feasible sites. Read more about Advocates Press for Affordable Housing Units on Public Land
This is a critical moment for the future of the City of Fairfax. Between 2013-2016, the Fairfax City Council will hear proposals for the development of 2,000-2,500 new residential units. These proposals will include the demolition and redevelopment of more than 50% of the city’s older and most affordable rental housing for working families. Read more about State of Rental Housing Affordability in the City of Fairfax
The City of Fairfax has taken a clear step toward attempting to increase the availability of affordable housing within its borders. At its most recent meeting, the City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the City's Comprehensive Plan that makes it clear that having a mix of different housing types to match many different ages and economic statuses is a priority. Read more about City Passes Affordable Housing Amendment to Comp. Plan