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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

Vista Gardens Tenants Press for 700 Code Violations to Be Remedied in Fairfax County - 2009

Vista Gardens Apartments is a located in the heavily immigrant working class neighborhood of Culmore in Fairfax County VA.  In 2009 Fr. Tuck Grinnell and leaders from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church began a series of house meetings in the neighborhood.  Read more about Vista Gardens Tenants Press for 700 Code Violations to Be Remedied in Fairfax County - 2009

Public Housing Tenants in Alexandria City Take on the Housing Authority – 2009 & 2010

Since the 1950’s the James Bland public housing complex – 8.5 acres with 365 units - rested across the street from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. After chronic complaints, VOICE faith leaders from across Alexandria worked with tenants to document housing code and health issues like sewage backups, and why tenants’ electric bills were so high. We turned out 125 people in the basement of St. Read more about Public Housing Tenants in Alexandria City Take on the Housing Authority – 2009 & 2010

Lafayette Apt. Tenants Demand Respect and Lights in Tough Neighborhood along Fairfax County’s Route One Corridor – 2010 & 2011

In 2010 Leaders from Good Shepherd Catholic Church began working with their parishioners living in Lafayette Apartments along the Route One Corridor. The residents complained that many of the lights outside the building were blown out making it a hotspot for loitering and drug dealing. Read more about Lafayette Apt. Tenants Demand Respect and Lights in Tough Neighborhood along Fairfax County’s Route One Corridor – 2010 & 2011

3. Housing in Alexandria City, Arlington and Central Fairfax

Early on, VOICE gained a reputation for organizing tenants to address housing code violations and improve their living conditions. Now we want to build broad constituencies of organizations (churches and other community organizations) strong enough to preserve and build affordable and permanent supportive housing in key areas. Read more about 3. Housing in Alexandria City, Arlington and Central Fairfax

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