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City Passes Affordable Housing Amendment to Comp. Plan

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

Blessings for So Many - Crescent Apartments Stories

In 2013 VOICE organized a 250-person “One Reston Walk” raising the importance of preserving affordable housing and specifically raising concerns about the redevelopment of Crescent Apartments, a market-rate affordable building. In the end, šVOICE leaders and Crescent Apartments tenants got Board of Supervisors Chairperson Bulova and Supervisor Hudgins to support tenants with their goal of returning to the redeveloped complex. Read more about Blessings for So Many - Crescent Apartments Stories

Housing costs outpace wages in Arlington

Shiny new high-rises in Rosslyn, the hip condos of Clarendon and the renovated bungalows in Ballston hide a truth about the state of housing in Arlington County and throughout Northern Virginia — unless your household income is above $60,000, you are increasingly being priced out of the market. Read more about Housing costs outpace wages in Arlington

Churches forgo the hammer on housing

The Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity builds houses using volunteer labor and has helped many low-income families become homeowners. But the recent foreclosure crisis and shortage of rental units have opened my eyes to an even bigger need — helping families to stay in their homes.

Instead of swinging a hammer, I'm meeting with developers, bankers and politicians in an effort to preserve affordable housing for my needy church members and neighbors. It's a trend that has caught on across the country. Read more about Churches forgo the hammer on housing

County Hosts Hearing on Crescent Apartments Redevelopment

“One of the primary requirements of anyone that responded to RFP was the retention of 181 affordable units,” said Barbara Byron of the county‘s Office for Community Revitalization and Reinvestment. “In addition to that, the RFP required that the rest of the units provide 20 percent of the total as affordable dwelling units.”

#LAKE ANNE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS, a subsidiary of Republic Land Development, was selected by the county in early July. Read more about County Hosts Hearing on Crescent Apartments Redevelopment

Remember the Residents, Speakers Tell Supervisors

"I am very worried about Crescent's redevelopment," said Hermina Bellezza, a single mother who has lived the development for more than 10 years. "We are on a very tight budget. If my family is forced to move, it will will disrupt her education. I will be unable to afford a more expensive apartment in Reston. This could have a big impact on her future. " Read more about Remember the Residents, Speakers Tell Supervisors

Community shows support for redeveloping Reston apartments

Restonians came out in force to a public hearing Tuesday evening to voice their support for the proposed redevelopment of the Crescent apartments at Lake Anne, and for the preservation of affordable housing in general.

“We support and we applaud the county’s commitment to the residents of the Crescent Apartments,” said the Rev. Stephen Smith-Cobbs, a pastor and member of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE), a group that has been working to support the Crescent residents. “We want that priority to remain clear … as the planning process continues.” Read more about Community shows support for redeveloping Reston apartments

Group Calls for More Low-Income Housing

An interfaith group of housing and justice advocates is calling for the use of publicly owned land in Arlington for the development of affordable and workforce housing. The group, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, says that Arlington County in particular needs 1,000 to 1,500 new housing units in the next five years that are affordable to people who make less than $50,000. Read more about Group Calls for More Low-Income Housing

Residents of Reston's Crescent Apartments wary as redevelopment process starts

When Fairfax County spent $49.5 million to buy the Crescent apartment complex near Lake Anne in Reston, in 2006, it was with the stated goal of preserving affordable housing in the county as real estate values continued their upward climb. So it came as a surprise to the residents when they learned that Fairfax was already looking to sell or lease the property for redevelopment, as part of a bigger plan to revitalize the Lake Anne area.

Faith-Based Advocates Continue Press for More Affordable Housing

Suggesting that only a small window of opportunity remains, proponents of more affordable housing in Arlington laid down challenges to themselves, and county officials, during a June 23 forum.

The event, expected to draw 500 people from religious communities across the county and surrounding area, drew about 550, organizers said. Read more about Faith-Based Advocates Continue Press for More Affordable Housing

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