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
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
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
Last night, representatives of Virginians Organized For Interfaith Community Engagement walked out of a meeting with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board. VOICE members gave the Board a week to respond to demands concerning the relocation of James Bland residents due to redevelopment. Read more about VOICE Walks Out On ARHA Board
Congregation-based community organizing has made some fast, yet influential, friends for Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. Last night, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine met with Virginia clergy and more than 1,000 VOICE members and discussed justice issues in the areas of housing, immigration and health care. The meeting was held at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.
Kaine has met with VOICE representatives on multiple occasions since their first public meeting last fall. Read more about Kaine Listens To VOICE
The public housing residents of James Bland and their
Old Town neighbors have provided a valuable lesson to the
public. Feeling unfairly treated by their housing authority
after they were given inadequate notice to move from their
homes late last year, they decided to something about it.
They organized — with the help of the interfaith organization
VOICE — and went about achieving a solution pragmatically
and effectively. Read more about Editorial - Public housing residents provide seminar in activism
Residents and ousted occupants of James Bland housing projects said they received justice Saturday after Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority agreed to their demands for fair treatment. Read more about Public housing authority meets demands of relocated residents
The biggest problem facing Arlingtonians, by many measures, is the cost of housing. If you don’t have it, and you’re not financially well-off, you can be in for a long, painful search.
The median income in the county is a healthy $110,000, but for the half of the population who make less than that, finding a home or apartment is fraught with tradeoffs. “Affordable” housing options usually are targeted at those who make 60 to 80 percent of the median income. For those who make lower or minimum wages, the problem is even worse. Read more about Housing Costs trouble many Arlingtonians