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VOICE Walks Out On ARHA Board

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

Kaine Listens To VOICE

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

VOICE Local Action Updates - May 2012

VOICE is engaged in local actions all across Northern VA. Read more about VOICE Local Action Updates - May 2012

Editorial - Public housing residents provide seminar in activism

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

Public housing authority meets demands of relocated residents

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

Housing Costs trouble many Arlingtonians

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

Alexandria Housing Redevelopment Sparks Concerns for Residents

Residents and a community group have serious concerns about being moved during the redevelopment of the James Bland public housing development in Alexandria, Va. Read more about Alexandria Housing Redevelopment Sparks Concerns for Residents

Housing Advocates Aim to Put Human Face on Situation

Advocates for increasing the county government’s commitment to affordable-housing initiatives are basing their efforts on real-world stories from those impacted by the decline in Arlington housing options.

Among them: Ingrid Dale Chavez, a teacher at St. Charles School who grew up in Northern Virginia but is among a cadre of young professionals living with their parents because of the high cost of housing. Read more about Housing Advocates Aim to Put Human Face on Situation

Coalition Presses for Major Increase in County’s Affordable-Housing Commitment

A coalition of faith-based organizations on March 24 approved a compact that presses Arlington’s elected leaders for a massive investment in affordable housing, and to change the direction of county housing policy to focus more on those at the bottom rung of the economic ladder. Read more about Coalition Presses for Major Increase in County’s Affordable-Housing Commitment

Lafayette Apartments Residents Voice Health, Safety Concerns

All the residents of Lafayette Apartments on Harrison Lane want is
a clean, safe place to live.

Wednesday night, V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith
Community Engagement) hosted a meeting with residents and Lee
Supervisor Jeff McKay to demand that the owners, Maine-based
Eagle Point Management LLC, bring the property, which is
financed by the Virginia Housing and Development Authority, up
to code. Read more about Lafayette Apartments Residents Voice Health, Safety Concerns

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