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Community Rallies to Keep Reston Apartments Affordable

A local advocacy group is raising concerns that the redevelopment of a county-owned Reston apartment complex could displace the 181 low-income families who live there.

About 250 people attended a walk at the Crescent Apartments near Lake Anne Village Center on Sunday. Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) organized the event. Read more about Community Rallies to Keep Reston Apartments Affordable

Alarmed over Crescent Apartments Future

By Lauren Young. On Sunday, May 19, V.O.I.C.E (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) walked with many residents of Reston, and tenants of Crescent Apartments to raise awareness of affordable housing in Reston and more specifically—plans to redevelop the Crescent Apartments on North Shore Drive from 181 units to much larger 700-900 units. These would be privately developed. The issue that V.O.I.C.E and those who participated in the walk on Sunday are addressing is that many of the current residents would be displaced due to the expensive rent of the new apartments.

Column: Reston Marches to Support Neighbors

By John Lovass. It was a lovely Sunday afternoon, ideal for marching to support our neighbors in Lake Anne’s Crescent Apartments and support some old-time Reston values. The march consisted really of walking and stops for speaking of personal memories by past and present Crescent Apartment residents and pleas to protect affordable housing and Crescent residents by Reston faith community leaders. Read more about Column: Reston Marches to Support Neighbors

Residents, Leaders Express Crescent Concern

Faith leaders and residents of Crescent Apartments in Reston held a One Reston walk on Sunday to bring attention to the need for affordable housing in Reston.

Crescent Apartments, a 181-unit affordable housing complex near Lake Anne, is owned by Fairfax County and is slated for redevelopment. Read more about Residents, Leaders Express Crescent Concern

Council Approves Plans to Replace Layton Hall Apartments

The Fairfax City Council approved a developer’s plans to replace the Layton Hall garden style apartments with a 360-unit complex.

Citing the concerns of affordable housing advocates, the developer presented the council with plans for 18 of the 360 apartment units to be set aside for those households making ether 80 percent of 70 percent of the area’s median income. Read more about Council Approves Plans to Replace Layton Hall Apartments

Faith Leaders: Remember Low Income Residents

Faith community leaders and residents of Reston's Crescent Apartments will hold a march on May 19 to highlight the need for affordable housing in Reston. Read more about Faith Leaders: Remember Low Income Residents

Foreclosure Fraud Settlement: $3.5M for Virginia

Virginia will receive $3.5 million as part of a lawsuit settlement with financial institutions in the now infamous "robo-signing" of foreclosure documents. Some Virginians hope the state will use the money to help areas affected by foreclosures. The Rev. Clyde Ellis, clergy leader with VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), was part of a team of more than 30 "citizen investigators" who uncovered many potentially fraudulent foreclosure documents in Prince William County, he said. Read more about Foreclosure Fraud Settlement: $3.5M for Virginia

Highlights from 2012

A brochure with VOICE's accomplishments from 2012 and strategic priorities for 2013-2014 Read more about Highlights from 2012

ARHA, Council Discuss Housing Options

At least once a year, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board and the Alexandria City Council meet to discuss the city’s public housing. Although last night’s meeting was scheduled months ago, one of the main topics was concerns about the relocation of James Bland residents due to redevelopment.

Martin Trimble is an organizer with Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. “This is a farce,” he said of the meeting. “This has not been a fair process. How can you believe things will change in the next phase?” Read more about ARHA, Council Discuss Housing Options

City Council Promises Fair Treatment For Public Housing Tenants

Elected officials in Alexandria are pushing to assure public housing tenants will be given fair notice when they have to relocate.

Hattie Thompson lived in the James Bland housing homes for three years. Last year, the Walgreen’s employee received a 120 day warning that she would need to move out. But she says she never heard from the housing authority again, until the week she needed to move. That was just days before Christmas. Read more about City Council Promises Fair Treatment For Public Housing Tenants

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