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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

Bringing Justice to the Downtrodden

One of the first things you notice upon entering Holy Family Catholic Church off Ferndale Road is a large bin for food donations to supply the parish’s food pantry. Read more about Bringing Justice to the Downtrodden

Rattling State's Cash Jar

Governor commits to working toward expanding dental coverage to uninsured adults.

As Washington grapples with health-care reform, Willie Jackson is facing his own health-care crisis. He must choose between paying for a place to stay or scraping together enough money to fix his seven rotting teeth. It’s a choice that illustrates the difficult real-world decisions people without dental insurance face every day. Read more about Rattling State's Cash Jar

Not Home for the holidays

Martha Holmes's small, frail body often bumps into things in her new apartment, which seems like a maze to the 87-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease. In the last month, she has been hospitalized twice, and police have found her wandering the streets, attempting to walk back to the public housing apartment in Alexandria that she called home for more than 40 years. Read more about Not Home for the holidays

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