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A Broader Base for Arlington Affordable Housing - June 23, 2013

VOICE turned our 550 people for affordable housing in Arlington - this time with a deeper base of teachers assistants from local schools and tenants from Columbia Pike Apartments - and challenged themselves to collect 10,000 signatures for affordable housing. Read more about A Broader Base for Arlington Affordable Housing - June 23, 2013

"One Reston" Walk - May 19, 2013

250 people filled the streets of Reston and marched to Crescent Apartments which was threatened by redevelopment. Read more about "One Reston" Walk - May 19, 2013

Layton Hall Tenants Pack Hearing Room - May 14, 2013

VOICE leaders and tenants from Layton Hall packed a Fairfax City hearing about affordable housing eventually securing a commitment for incresed relocation benefits. Read more about Layton Hall Tenants Pack Hearing Room - May 14, 2013

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

Crescent Apartments Fight to Stay Put in Reston Fairfax County - 2013

In 2013 VOICE organized a 250-person “One Reston Walk” raising the importance of perserving affordable housing and specifically raising concerns about the redevelopment of Crescent Apartments, a heavily immigrant 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 Read more about Crescent Apartments Fight to Stay Put in Reston Fairfax County - 2013

Layton Hall Apartments Tenants Improve Their Relocation Package & Win Workforce Housing Units - 2013

Door knocking, listening sessions & research led to 40-tenant action at a Fairfax City Council Hearing.  The developer of Layton Hall Apartments eventually agreed to commit 5% of units for "workforce rental housing" and to increase relocation assistance by hundreds of dollars per family
This was first time Fairfax City imposed any affordable housing requirement on a developer.

Media Coverage: Read more about Layton Hall Apartments Tenants Improve Their Relocation Package & Win Workforce Housing Units - 2013

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

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