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Activists push for affordable housing on public land in Arlington

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

Arlington affordable-housing solutions sought

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

Housing Activists to Get Their Answer on Dec. 17

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

Advocates Press for Affordable Housing Units on Public Land

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

State of Rental Housing Affordability in the City of Fairfax

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

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

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