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2021 Victories

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Washington Post Podcast

A new model for affordable housing: In a predominantly Black Chicago neighborhood, how one affordable housing program is addressing inequality by enabling homeownership.

October 28, 2021housing issues
Washington Post News Story

These Chicago residents are trying to revitalize their neighborhood without gentrification

October 28, 2021housing issues
Metro IAF’s Vision

Metro IAF Vision for National Nehemiah* Homeownership Replication:  A Strategy to Address America’s Racial Wealth Gap & Transform …

Metro IAF Vision for National Nehemiah* Homeownership Replication:  A Strategy to Address America’s Racial Wealth Gap & Transform Communities.

October 28, 2021housing issues
Adiba’s Story

Adiba shares how she and her immigrant family struggle to make ends meet during the pandemic.

, October 22, 2021evictions issues
Affordable Housing: Eviction Threat (2020)

Guiseppe speaks five languages and 21 Arabic dialects. His job offer was put on hold because of COVID, and now he faces eviction.

October 15, 2021evictions issues
VOICE Welcomes Feds’ Acknowledgment of Eviction Threat; Urges Additional Funding, Action to Protect Renters,

Wed, 09/02/2020 : ARLnow.com Leaders of VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) cautiously welcomed the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a nationwide eviction moratorium through Dec. 31, but noted that Congress and the Administration still need to work together to provide significant funding to prevent huge rental housing market instability after the ban …

Wed, 09/02/2020 : ARLnow.com
Leaders of VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) cautiously welcomed the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a nationwide eviction moratorium through Dec. 31, but noted that Congress and the Administration still need to work together to provide significant funding to prevent huge rental housing market instability after the ban expires.
October 11, 2021press-releases
Prince William County Is Considering Plans To Create A New Mental Health Crisis

Wed, 07/21/2021 : dcist.com The Prince William County Board of Supervisors is evaluating plans to create a mental health crisis center in the county, and may be able to use federal coronavirus relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to do …

Wed, 07/21/2021 : dcist.com
The Prince William County Board of Supervisors is evaluating plans to create a mental health crisis center in the county, and may be able to use federal coronavirus relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to do it.

October 11, 2021mental-illness-and-addiction issues
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Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

September 30, 2021annual-reports
Prince William County plans to create crisis center

Wed, 07/21/2021 : InsideNova But then the nightmares started. He couldn’t sleep. He distanced himself from family. Eventually Sessoms started self-medicating with a bottle of vodka, just to get some sleep. By that point his daughter told him the obvious: He was in crisis and had post-traumatic stress disorder. Sessoms, now a pastor at Little Union Baptist Church in Dumfries, was able to get the help he needed, but he wants others to be served as well. “I was one of the fortunate ones,” he …

Wed, 07/21/2021 : InsideNova

But then the nightmares started. He couldn’t sleep. He distanced himself from family. Eventually Sessoms started self-medicating with a bottle of vodka, just to get some sleep.

By that point his daughter told him the obvious: He was in crisis and had post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sessoms, now a pastor at Little Union Baptist Church in Dumfries, was able to get the help he needed, but he wants others to be served as well.

“I was one of the fortunate ones,” he said.

, July 21, 2021health-and-dental-care news
Prince William County is Considering Plans to Create A New Mental Health Crisis Center

Wed, 07/21/2021 : dcist.com The Prince William County Board of Supervisors is evaluating plans to create a mental health crisis center in the county, and may be able to use federal coronavirus relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to do …

Wed, 07/21/2021 : dcist.com

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors is evaluating plans to create a mental health crisis center in the county, and may be able to use federal coronavirus relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to do it.

, July 21, 2021health-and-dental-care news
Prince William Co. hopes to add mental health crisis facility

Tue, 07/20/2021 : WTOP.com Earlier this month, Virginia announced that five of its eight mental health hospitals will stop taking patients because of capacity limits. And now, there’s a push in Prince William County to build new facilities to deal with mental health …

Tue, 07/20/2021 : WTOP.com

Earlier this month, Virginia announced that five of its eight mental health hospitals will stop taking patients because of capacity limits. And now, there’s a push in Prince William County to build new facilities to deal with mental health crises.

, July 20, 2021health-and-dental-care news
With psychiatric beds in short supply, county seeks funding for 24-bed ‘crisis receiving center’

Tue, 07/20/2021 : Prince William Times In the emergency room. Handcuffed to a gurney. In a hospital gown. For several days straight. That’s where an increasing number of Prince William County residents suffering from severe mental health crises have found themselves as Virginia’s overburdened mental hospitals face limited bed space or have ceased taking new admissions …

Tue, 07/20/2021 : Prince William Times

In the emergency room. Handcuffed to a gurney. In a hospital gown. For several days straight.

That’s where an increasing number of Prince William County residents suffering from severe mental health crises have found themselves as Virginia’s overburdened mental hospitals face limited bed space or have ceased taking new admissions altogether.

, July 20, 2021health-and-dental-care news
Prince William pushes Virginia to fund community crisis centers amid gaps in mental health staffing

Tue, 07/20/2021 : The Washington Post Prince William County officials Tuesday called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to fund the creation of community mental health centers that would help fill some of the gaps in care caused by staffing shortages in the state’s strained psychiatric hospital …

Tue, 07/20/2021 : The Washington Post

Prince William County officials Tuesday called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to fund the creation of community mental health centers that would help fill some of the gaps in care caused by staffing shortages in the state’s strained psychiatric hospital system.

, July 20, 2021health-and-dental-care news
A Flurry of Activity at the Serrano Apartments After Residents Decry Conditions

Thu, 05/20/2021: ARLnow After residents spoke out about poor living conditions at the Serrano Apartments, county officials and building owner AHC Inc. say they are committed to making …

Thu, 05/20/2021: ARLnow After residents spoke out about poor living conditions at the Serrano Apartments, county officials and building owner AHC Inc. say they are committed to making changes.

, May 20, 2021news-housing news
COVID and the looming eviction crisis

Thu, 05/20/2021 : ARLnow After residents spoke out about poor living conditions at the Serrano Apartments, county officials and building owner AHC Inc. say they are committed to making …

Thu, 05/20/2021 : ARLnow After residents spoke out about poor living conditions at the Serrano Apartments, county officials and building owner AHC Inc. say they are committed to making changes.
, May 20, 2021news-housing news
Political fight over redistricting delays eviction, utility cutoff protections in budget

Fri, 10/16/2020 : https://www.virginiamercury.com/ NEWPORT NEWS — Cecelia Woodard gave a nervous glance down the road every time she heard a car approach. It was Tuesday morning and the sheriff was scheduled to arrive to evict her from the apartment she shares with her 64-year-old mother, who had left a few minutes earlier with a plan to donate plasma in hopes of scraping together money for a hotel …

Fri, 10/16/2020 : https://www.virginiamercury.com/

NEWPORT NEWS — Cecelia Woodard gave a nervous glance down the road every time she heard a car approach.

It was Tuesday morning and the sheriff was scheduled to arrive to evict her from the apartment she shares with her 64-year-old mother, who had left a few minutes earlier with a plan to donate plasma in hopes of scraping together money for a hotel room.

, October 16, 2020news-housing news
VOICE Welcomes Feds’ Acknowledgment of Eviction Threat; Urges Additional Funding, Action to Protect Renters, Landlords

Wed, 09/02/2020 : ARLnow.com Leaders of VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) cautiously welcomed the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a nationwide eviction moratorium through Dec. 31, but noted that Congress and the Administration still need to work together to provide significant funding to prevent huge rental housing market instability after the ban …

Wed, 09/02/2020 : ARLnow.com

Leaders of VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) cautiously welcomed the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a nationwide eviction moratorium through Dec. 31, but noted that Congress and the Administration still need to work together to provide significant funding to prevent huge rental housing market instability after the ban expires.

, September 2, 2020news-housing news
Virginia Supreme Court temporarily halts evictions amid pandemic

Fri, 08/07/2020 : Washington Post RICHMOND — A sharply divided Virginia Supreme Court on Friday granted Gov. Ralph Northam’s request for a statewide moratorium on evictions, extending protections for another …

Fri, 08/07/2020 : Washington Post

RICHMOND — A sharply divided Virginia Supreme Court on Friday granted Gov. Ralph Northam’s request for a statewide moratorium on evictions, extending protections for another month.

, August 7, 2020news-housing news
On evictions, it’s time for the governor to stop dithering

Fri, 08/07/2020 : virginiamercury.com As pastors of African-American congregations, we are gripped with uneasiness and frustration about the potential of hundreds of thousands of people in our congregations and around Virginia potentially losing their homes because the pandemic ravaged the economy and robbed them of jobs, income, health and housing …

Fri, 08/07/2020 : virginiamercury.com

As pastors of African-American congregations, we are gripped with uneasiness and frustration about the potential of hundreds of thousands of people in our congregations and around Virginia potentially losing their homes because the pandemic ravaged the economy and robbed them of jobs, income, health and housing stability.

August 7, 2020news-housing news
Housing advocates urge Gov. Northam to ban eviction during pandemic

Mon, 08/03/2020 : Washington Post Affordable housing and antipoverty advocates are pressuring Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to issue an executive order banning evictions at least until late August, as state and federal protections have expired and eviction cases are piling up in local …

Mon, 08/03/2020 : Washington Post

Affordable housing and antipoverty advocates are pressuring Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to issue an executive order banning evictions at least until late August, as state and federal protections have expired and eviction cases are piling up in local courts.

, August 3, 2020news-housing news
Governor Northam Calls for Another Eviction Ban in Virginia

Fri, 07/31/2020 : WAMU.org As eviction cases mount in Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam is again asking the state’s high court to delay hearings that could leave thousands of Virginians homeless during the …

Fri, 07/31/2020 : WAMU.org

As eviction cases mount in Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam is again asking the state’s high court to delay hearings that could leave thousands of Virginians homeless during the pandemic.

, July 31, 2020news-housing news
Public defender’s office begins building staff

Fri, 07/31/2020 : insidenova.com The head of Prince William County’s first public defender’s office hopes to begin accepting cases in …

Fri, 07/31/2020 : insidenova.com

The head of Prince William County’s first public defender’s office hopes to begin accepting cases in September.

, July 31, 2020news other
Northam renews call for Virginia’s top court to ban evictions during pandemic

Thu, 07/30/2020 : pilotonline.com A month after a state moratorium on evictions was lifted and as the federal ban ends, Gov. Ralph Northam has renewed his request for the state Supreme Court to put a halt to the court hearings that must happen before tenants can be thrown …

Thu, 07/30/2020 : pilotonline.com

A month after a state moratorium on evictions was lifted and as the federal ban ends, Gov. Ralph Northam has renewed his request for the state Supreme Court to put a halt to the court hearings that must happen before tenants can be thrown out.

, July 30, 2020news-housing news
Prince William’s state lawmakers urge local courts to halt eviction for 3 weeks

Wed, 07/22/2020 : princewilliamtimes.com With hundreds of residents facing eviction in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park this month, area lawmakers are urging the local general district court to halt eviction hearings for three weeks to allow more time for at-risk renters to apply for housing …

Wed, 07/22/2020 : princewilliamtimes.com

With hundreds of residents facing eviction in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park this month, area lawmakers are urging the local general district court to halt eviction hearings for three weeks to allow more time for at-risk renters to apply for housing assistance.

, July 22, 2020news-housing news
Warning of an ‘eviction tsunami’ faith leaders urge Northam to act

Mon, 07/20/2020 : princewilliamtimes.com As thousands of Virginians face the prospect of losing their homes during a pandemic, faith leaders are calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to halt evictions while the new housing assistance programs can be fully …

Mon, 07/20/2020 : princewilliamtimes.com

As thousands of Virginians face the prospect of losing their homes during a pandemic, faith leaders are calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to halt evictions while the new housing assistance programs can be fully implemented.

, July 20, 2020news-housing news
Eviction fears prompt faith leaders to ask Va. Gov. Northam to intervene

Sun, 07/19/2020 : Wtop.com Virginia faith leaders addressed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam at a virtual news conference on Sunday where they asked him to hold off on evictions so they can help inform residents about the assistance and protections in place to keep people in their homes who have been unemployed due to the coronavirus …

Sun, 07/19/2020 : Wtop.com

Virginia faith leaders addressed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam at a virtual news conference on Sunday where they asked him to hold off on evictions so they can help inform residents about the assistance and protections in place to keep people in their homes who have been unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

, July 19, 2020news-housing news
Northern Virginia Clergy Urge Northam To Put Pause On Evictions

Sat, 07/11/2020 : DCist.com A coalition of 65 faith institutions in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley is calling on Governor Ralph Northam to put in place a new eviction moratorium across the …

Sat, 07/11/2020 : DCist.com

A coalition of 65 faith institutions in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley is calling on Governor Ralph Northam to put in place a new eviction moratorium across the commonwealth.

, July 18, 2020news-housing news
Video: “VOICE” Zoom Call Participants Call on Gov. Northam to Pause Evictions; Ask General Assembly for Expanded Renter Protections

Fri, 07/17/2020 : bluevirginia.us See below for a video recording of the VOICE (“Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement”) news conference today, “in which 160+ renters and faith leaders called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to pause evictions to allow time for his new rent relief program to be implemented and for the General Assembly, when it convenes on Aug. 18th, to address expanded renter …

Fri, 07/17/2020 : bluevirginia.us

See below for a video recording of the VOICE (“Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement”) news conference today, “in which 160+ renters and faith leaders called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to pause evictions to allow time for his new rent relief program to be implemented and for the General Assembly, when it convenes on Aug. 18th, to address expanded renter protections.”

, July 17, 2020news-housing news
Gov. Ralph Northam launching housing assistance program, ending regular briefings

Thu, 06/25/2020 : Associated Press RICHMOND — Virginia is launching a new program to help people struggling to pay their rent or mortgages amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a Capitol news conference Thursday that his administration is putting an initial $50 million in federal coronavirus-relief funds toward housing assistance. Starting next week, Virginians whose ability to cover housing costs has been hurt by the pandemic can apply for financial …

Thu, 06/25/2020 : Associated Press

RICHMOND — Virginia is launching a new program to help people struggling to pay their rent or mortgages amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a Capitol news conference Thursday that his administration is putting an initial $50 million in federal coronavirus-relief funds toward housing assistance. Starting next week, Virginians whose ability to cover housing costs has been hurt by the pandemic can apply for financial assistance.

, June 25, 2020news-housing news
Gov, Northam launching housing assistance program, ending regular briefings

Thu, 06/25/2020 : Associated Press RICHMOND — Virginia is launching a new program to help people struggling to pay their rent or mortgages amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a Capitol news conference Thursday that his administration is putting an initial $50 million in federal coronavirus-relief funds toward housing assistance. Starting next week, Virginians whose ability to cover housing costs has been hurt by the pandemic can apply for financial …

Thu, 06/25/2020 : Associated Press

RICHMOND — Virginia is launching a new program to help people struggling to pay their rent or mortgages amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a Capitol news conference Thursday that his administration is putting an initial $50 million in federal coronavirus-relief funds toward housing assistance. Starting next week, Virginians whose ability to cover housing costs has been hurt by the pandemic can apply for financial assistance.

, June 25, 2020news other
Virginia: Detienen desalojos hasta finales de junio

Sat, 06/13/2020 : El Tiuempo Latino Centenares de familias en Virginia que no han podido pagar el alquiler de su vivienda debido a la pandemia del coronavirus, pueden respirar unos días más sin temor a quedarse en la calle. Los procedimientos de desalojo en ese estado fueron detenidos el lunes 8 de junio por orden de la Corte Suprema de Virginia, tras el pedido del gobernador Ralph …

Sat, 06/13/2020 : El Tiuempo Latino

Centenares de familias en Virginia que no han podido pagar el alquiler de su vivienda debido a la pandemia del coronavirus, pueden respirar unos días más sin temor a quedarse en la calle.

Los procedimientos de desalojo en ese estado fueron detenidos el lunes 8 de junio por orden de la Corte Suprema de Virginia, tras el pedido del gobernador Ralph Northam.

, June 13, 2020news other
Virginia extends halt on evictions until June 29

Mon, 06/08/2020 : Prince William Times Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday the state’s temporary moratorium on eviction proceedings has been extended until June 29 to allow time for his administration to launch a planned COVID-19 rent relief …

Mon, 06/08/2020 : Prince William Times

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday the state’s temporary moratorium on eviction proceedings has been extended until June 29 to allow time for his administration to launch a planned COVID-19 rent relief initiative.

, June 8, 2020news youth
Surovell, Foy pitch public defender’s office for Prince William

Tue, 12/03/2019 : Prince William Times Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park are the only Northern Virginia locales that aren’t served by a public defenders’ office. But that could change in 2020 if a bill introduced by state Sen. Scott Surovell reaches the governor’s …

Tue, 12/03/2019 : Prince William Times

Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park are the only Northern Virginia locales that aren’t served by a public defenders’ office. But that could change in 2020 if a bill introduced by state Sen. Scott Surovell reaches the governor’s desk.

, May 27, 2020news other
This Virginia county is finally getting a public defender’s office. It’s a step in the right direction

Fri, 05/29/2020 : Washington Post “IF YOU could change anything about the criminal justice system, if you had a magic wand, where would you start?” Community organizers in Prince William County posed that question to hundreds of prison inmates, ex-offenders and their families. Most said the same thing: They would start with legal representation. “Many of them were indigent defendants who had court-appointed attorneys,” explained the Rev. Keith Savage of the First Baptist Church of Manassas. “They said they didn’t feel like their appointed attorney fought for …

Fri, 05/29/2020 : Washington Post

“IF YOU could change anything about the criminal justice system, if you had a magic wand, where would you start?” Community organizers in Prince William County posed that question to hundreds of prison inmates, ex-offenders and their families. Most said the same thing: They would start with legal representation. “Many of them were indigent defendants who had court-appointed attorneys,” explained the Rev. Keith Savage of the First Baptist Church of Manassas. “They said they didn’t feel like their appointed attorney fought for them.”

, May 9, 2020news other
Prince William public defender’s office survives state budget freeze

Tue, 04/28/2020 : WAMU.org Prince William County is the largest locality in Virginia without a public defender office — but it’s now another step closer to getting …

Tue, 04/28/2020 : WAMU.org

Prince William County is the largest locality in Virginia without a public defender office — but it’s now another step closer to getting one.

, April 29, 2020news other
‘The clock is ticking’: Eviction crisis still looms without federal rent relief, advocates and local authorities say

Thu, 09/03/2020 : Washington Post On Wednesday the Trump administration announced a halt on evictions through the end of the year, a move that may shield the millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes due to the financial chaos sparked by …

Thu, 09/03/2020 : Washington Post

On Wednesday the Trump administration announced a halt on evictions through the end of the year, a move that may shield the millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes due to the financial chaos sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

March 9, 2020
Reformers Find Hope In Proposed Prince William County Public Defender’s Office

Wed, 02/12/2020 : https://wamu.org/ A public defender’s office is likely coming to Prince William County after getting overwhelming support from Virginia lawmakers in both …

Wed, 02/12/2020 : https://wamu.org/

A public defender’s office is likely coming to Prince William County after getting overwhelming support from Virginia lawmakers in both chambers.

, February 12, 2020news other
Public defender office in Prince William receives key approval in legislature

Mon, 02/10/2020 : insidenova.com A bill to create a public defender office in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park has passed a major hurdle in the Virginia General …

Mon, 02/10/2020 : insidenova.com

A bill to create a public defender office in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park has passed a major hurdle in the Virginia General Assembly.

, February 10, 2020news other
State House, Senate pass bills to create a local public defenders’ office

Wed, 02/05/2020 : princewillimtimes.com Bills to create a public defenders’ office in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park were approved by the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates with bipartisan support this …

Wed, 02/05/2020 : princewillimtimes.com

Bills to create a public defenders’ office in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park were approved by the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates with bipartisan support this week.

, February 5, 2020news other
Governor, legislators back public defender office in Prince William County

Tue, 12/31/2019 : InsideNOVA.com Legislators and criminal rights advocates are pushing to create a public defender office in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas …

Tue, 12/31/2019 : InsideNOVA.com

Legislators and criminal rights advocates are pushing to create a public defender office in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

, December 31, 2019news other
Northam’s budget includes $2.7m for Prince William public defenders’ office

Tue, 12/17/2019 : Prince William Times Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget provides start-up funding for 35 public defenders and support staff to operate a public defenders’ office in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas …

Tue, 12/17/2019 : Prince William Times

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget provides start-up funding for 35 public defenders and support staff to operate a public defenders’ office in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

, December 17, 2019news other
New Virginia laws took effect July 1; do you know what they are?

Fri, 07/05/2019 : Fairfax County Times A new slate of state laws took effect in Virginia on July 1 as the Commonwealth observed the beginning of a new fiscal year. While these laws primarily stem from bills introduced and adopted by the Virginia General Assembly, one of the most significant legislative changes from the 2019 session came out of Gov. Ralph Northam’s state budget …

Fri, 07/05/2019 : Fairfax County Times

A new slate of state laws took effect in Virginia on July 1 as the Commonwealth observed the beginning of a new fiscal year.

While these laws primarily stem from bills introduced and adopted by the Virginia General Assembly, one of the most significant legislative changes from the 2019 session came out of Gov. Ralph Northam’s state budget amendments.

, July 5, 2019news other
Unpaid court fine? Get your driver’s license back

Fri, 06/28/2019 : Fort Hunt Herald Starting July 1, 2019, more than 620,000 Virginians whose licenses have been suspended for failing to pay court fines and fees will be eligible to have those licenses reinstated by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). That’s thanks to a new law prohibiting Virginia courts from suspending driving privileges over unpaid or delinquent court …

Fri, 06/28/2019 : Fort Hunt Herald

Starting July 1, 2019, more than 620,000 Virginians whose licenses have been suspended for failing to pay court fines and fees will be eligible to have those licenses reinstated by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

That’s thanks to a new law prohibiting Virginia courts from suspending driving privileges over unpaid or delinquent court debt.

, June 28, 2019news other
Interfaith Group Asks Local Leaders to Fix Community Woes With Amazon Revenue

Mon, 06/10/2019 : ARL Now A local interfaith group is proposing Arlington and Alexandria redirect Amazon revenue to address long-standing community issues like affordable housing and school …

Mon, 06/10/2019 : ARL Now

A local interfaith group is proposing Arlington and Alexandria redirect Amazon revenue to address long-standing community issues like affordable housing and school crowding.

, June 10, 2019news-housing news
Virginia Tech announces plan to build innovation campus in Alexandria near Amazon’s HQ2

Mon, 06/10/2019 : Fox5 Virginia Tech has announced plans to build its Innovation Campus in Alexandria. The campus will be part of a mixed used development in National Landing and will be near the future Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, the university …

Mon, 06/10/2019 : Fox5

Virginia Tech has announced plans to build its Innovation Campus in Alexandria. The campus will be part of a mixed used development in National Landing and will be near the future Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, the university says.

, June 10, 2019news other
Residents address concerns that Amazon HQ2 will price people out of Arlington, Alexandria

Sun, 06/09/2019 : …

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, June 9, 2019news-housing news
Here’s who is running for the top elected post in Virginia’s most powerful county

Tue, 06/04/2019 : Washington Post About 600 people gathered inside a Fairfax County church recently to hear how the four Democratic candidates for chairman of the Board of Supervisors would address a widening gap between the rich and poor in Virginia’s most populous …

Tue, 06/04/2019 : Washington Post

About 600 people gathered inside a Fairfax County church recently to hear how the four Democratic candidates for chairman of the Board of Supervisors would address a widening gap between the rich and poor in Virginia’s most populous jurisdiction.

, June 4, 2019news other
VOICE challenges candidates to fulfill One Fairfax commitment

Fri, 05/31/2019 : Fairfax County Times The Gum Springs Community Center is a second home to Elias Anwar. The West Potomac High School student visits the community center in Alexandria on a daily basis and has spent summers working there. One of 10 centers currently overseen by Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, the Gum Springs Community Center provides recreational facilities, event space, programs, and support services to area residents. The center even paid for the suit that Anwar wore to prom. However, the high school senior has become frustrated by the lack of upkeep for the community …

Fri, 05/31/2019 : Fairfax County Times

The Gum Springs Community Center is a second home to Elias Anwar.

The West Potomac High School student visits the community center in Alexandria on a daily basis and has spent summers working there.

One of 10 centers currently overseen by Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, the Gum Springs Community Center provides recreational facilities, event space, programs, and support services to area residents. The center even paid for the suit that Anwar wore to prom.

However, the high school senior has become frustrated by the lack of upkeep for the community center

, May 31, 2019news other
Chair candidates pledge support for affordable housing, immigrants legal fund

Mon, 05/20/2019 : Fort Hunt Herald In a spirited community forum on Sunday, May 19, 2019, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) obtained commitments from the Democratic Party contenders for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors on a range of important local issues, to include millions more dollars in County funding for affordable housing projects, and an expansion of the legal defense fund for local immigrants who are in the country …

Mon, 05/20/2019 : Fort Hunt Herald

In a spirited community forum on Sunday, May 19, 2019, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) obtained commitments from the Democratic Party contenders for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors on a range of important local issues, to include millions more dollars in County funding for affordable housing projects, and an expansion of the legal defense fund for local immigrants who are in the country illegally.

, May 20, 2019news other
Candidates promise more legal aid for immigrants, less cooperation with ICE

Wed, 05/22/2019 : Fort Hunt Herald Democratic Party candidates for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have pledged to increase funding for a new legal aid program set up to help immigrant residents fight deportation by the federal …

Wed, 05/22/2019 : Fort Hunt Herald

Democratic Party candidates for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have pledged to increase funding for a new legal aid program set up to help immigrant residents fight deportation by the federal government.

, May 19, 2019news other
Community members work with Fairfax County officials to bring back a bus route

Thu, 04/11/2019 : LocalDVM.com VIENNA, Va. – It was two years ago when the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority decided to eliminate a bus route that many people relied on as their primary mode of transportation. Thanks to grassroots efforts, that route is up and running …

Thu, 04/11/2019 : LocalDVM.com

VIENNA, Va. – It was two years ago when the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority decided to eliminate a bus route that many people relied on as their primary mode of transportation. Thanks to grassroots efforts, that route is up and running again.

, April 12, 2019news other
Move to restore driver’s licenses could affect 13,000 locally

Wed, 04/10/2019 : Prince WilliamTimes In voting to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid court fines and fees, Virginia lawmakers paved the way for as many as 13,000 residents of Prince William and Fauquier counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park to have their driver’s licenses reinstated July …

Wed, 04/10/2019 : Prince WilliamTimes

In voting to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid court fines and fees, Virginia lawmakers paved the way for as many as 13,000 residents of Prince William and Fauquier counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park to have their driver’s licenses reinstated July 1.

, April 10, 2019news other
State lawmakers pass budget amendment to eliminate driver’s license reinstatement fees

Fri, 04/05/2019 : Charlottesville Tomorrow RICHMOND — During the reconvened General Assembly session, state legislators voted Wednesday to eliminate driver’s license suspension fees for people who lost their licenses due to unpaid court fees or fines. More than 600,000 Virginians have been affected by the law, which can have a disproportionate effect on lower income Virginians for whom public transportation may be sparse or inconvenient and the ability to drive is a necessity for them to get to …

Fri, 04/05/2019 : Charlottesville Tomorrow

RICHMOND — During the reconvened General Assembly session, state legislators voted Wednesday to eliminate driver’s license suspension fees for people who lost their licenses due to unpaid court fees or fines.

More than 600,000 Virginians have been affected by the law, which can have a disproportionate effect on lower income Virginians for whom public transportation may be sparse or inconvenient and the ability to drive is a necessity for them to get to work.

, April 5, 2019news other
Lawmakers sustain Northam’s vetoes

Thu, 04/04/2019 : News 3 WTKR.com RICHMOND, Va. – Overshadowed by the sexual assault allegations surrounding Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Virginia lawmakers upheld all of Gov. Ralph Northam’s vetoes. The General Assembly convened Wednesday for just one day to consider Northam’s vetoes of bills passed during the Assembly’s regular …

Thu, 04/04/2019 : News 3 WTKR.com

RICHMOND, Va. – Overshadowed by the sexual assault allegations surrounding Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Virginia lawmakers upheld all of Gov. Ralph Northam’s vetoes.

The General Assembly convened Wednesday for just one day to consider Northam’s vetoes of bills passed during the Assembly’s regular session.

, April 4, 2019news other
Virginia Lawmakers Vote to Stop Suspending Driver’s Licenses for Unpaid Court Fines, Costs

Thu, 04/04/2019 : NBCWashington.com On Wednesday night, Virginia’s General Assembly agreed to a budget amendment which ended the state’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of people with unpaid court fees. Many argue that practice made it hard for people to repay their debts. However, as News4’s Drew Wilder reports, this “vicious cycle” might be relitigated next …

Thu, 04/04/2019 : NBCWashington.com

On Wednesday night, Virginia’s General Assembly agreed to a budget amendment which ended the state’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of people with unpaid court fees. Many argue that practice made it hard for people to repay their debts. However, as News4’s Drew Wilder reports, this “vicious cycle” might be relitigated next year.

, April 4, 2019news other
Cigarette, vape buyers in Virginia may soon have to be 21, not 18

Tue, 02/12/2019 : Washington Post Young Virginians, raised amid a culture of tobacco and enamored of the newly popular vaping products, probably will have to wait to buy smoking materials until they turn 21 under a bill passed this week by the General …

Tue, 02/12/2019 : Washington Post

Young Virginians, raised amid a culture of tobacco and enamored of the newly popular vaping products, probably will have to wait to buy smoking materials until they turn 21 under a bill passed this week by the General Assembly.

, February 12, 2019news other
Virginia attorney general calls for cash bail reform

Fri, 10/26/2018 : Fairfax County Times Virginia’s current cash bail system prioritizes money over safety and is in clear need of reform, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told a gathering of Northern Virginia faith communities at Fairfax High School on Oct. …

Fri, 10/26/2018 : Fairfax County Times

Virginia’s current cash bail system prioritizes money over safety and is in clear need of reform, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told a gathering of Northern Virginia faith communities at Fairfax High School on Oct. 21.

, October 26, 2018news other
Multifaith group probes Va. Gov. Northam, AG Herring on cash bail reform

Mon, 10/22/2018 : WTOP.com FAIRFAX, Va. — They’re not on the ballot for the 2018 midterm election, but two of Virginia’s top leaders fielded questions from a multifaith, nonpartisan group at Fairfax High School …

Mon, 10/22/2018 : WTOP.com

FAIRFAX, Va. — They’re not on the ballot for the 2018 midterm election, but two of Virginia’s top leaders fielded questions from a multifaith, nonpartisan group at Fairfax High School Sunday.

, October 22, 2018news other
Fr. Gerard Creedon, Catholic social justice activist in Virginia, dies

Mon, 12/11/2017 : National Catholic Reporter Thousands of northern Virginia Catholics knew Fr. Gerard (Gerry) Creedon for his Irish baritone and the twinkle in his eye, but many more knew him for his untiring advocacy of Catholic social teaching. Creedon, born in County Cork 73 years ago and ordained for the Richmond Diocese in 1968 (the Arlington Diocese was created six years later), lived Pope Francis’ vision of a church at the margins decades before anyone had heard of Jose Mario …

Mon, 12/11/2017 : National Catholic Reporter

Thousands of northern Virginia Catholics knew Fr. Gerard (Gerry) Creedon for his Irish baritone and the twinkle in his eye, but many more knew him for his untiring advocacy of Catholic social teaching.

Creedon, born in County Cork 73 years ago and ordained for the Richmond Diocese in 1968 (the Arlington Diocese was created six years later), lived Pope Francis’ vision of a church at the margins decades before anyone had heard of Jose Mario Bergoglio.

, December 11, 2017news other
In schools, a growing push to recognize Muslims and Jewish Holidays

Mon, 12/04/2017 : Washington Post When her daughters were children, Khadija Athman packed the major Islamic holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, with celebration. They opened gifts and covered their hands in henna. After prayer, they had breakfast at a pancake house before spending the day at the movies and Chuck E. …

Mon, 12/04/2017 : Washington Post

When her daughters were children, Khadija Athman packed the major Islamic holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, with celebration.

They opened gifts and covered their hands in henna. After prayer, they had breakfast at a pancake house before spending the day at the movies and Chuck E. Cheese’s.

, December 4, 2017news other
No political hard-sell: Nonpartisan VOICE volunteers urge Manassas residents just to vote

Mon, 11/06/2017 : Prince William Times When Phyllis Robinson cracked the door to her Westgate townhome to greet the strangers standing on her front stoop Saturday afternoon, she seemed to understand immediately why they were there. Still, she had a question: “What are you, Democrat or …

Mon, 11/06/2017 : Prince William Times

When Phyllis Robinson cracked the door to her Westgate townhome to greet the strangers standing on her front stoop Saturday afternoon, she seemed to understand immediately why they were there. Still, she had a question: “What are you, Democrat or Republican?”

, November 6, 2017news other
Could Affordable Housing Be Built On Top Of Metro Stations? One Alexandria Non-Profit Thinks So

Tue, 08/08/2017 : WAMU.org A non-profit organization in Alexandria is calling for the city council to invest more funds to build and preserve affordable housing in the area, and has proposed land owned by Metro as potential sites for new …

Tue, 08/08/2017 : WAMU.org

A non-profit organization in Alexandria is calling for the city council to invest more funds to build and preserve affordable housing in the area, and has proposed land owned by Metro as potential sites for new units.

, August 8, 2017news-housing news
Faith-based groups leans on Alexandria Council for Affordable housing promises

Wed, 07/26/2017 : Washington Post An increasingly powerful coalition of faith-based activists won a commitment from a majority of the Alexandria City Council on Tuesday to increase support for public housing and affordable housing in the …

Wed, 07/26/2017 : Washington Post

An increasingly powerful coalition of faith-based activists won a commitment from a majority of the Alexandria City Council on Tuesday to increase support for public housing and affordable housing in the city.

, July 26, 2017news-housing news
Voter Respond to Doorknockers, not Free Beer

Thu, 11/05/2015 : Washington Post One exception to the North Arlington dominance came from the interfaith group VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), which has been at the forefront of the Arlington affordable housing debate. The nonprofit and nonpartisan group spread out Sunday through Tuesday to knock on doors and pass the word of the importance of the County Board election at bus stops in two low-turnout …

Thu, 11/05/2015 : Washington Post

One exception to the North Arlington dominance came from the interfaith group VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), which has been at the forefront of the Arlington affordable housing debate. The nonprofit and nonpartisan group spread out Sunday through Tuesday to knock on doors and pass the word of the importance of the County Board election at bus stops in two low-turnout precincts.

, November 5, 2015news other
Arlington: Working To Boost Voter Turnout

Wed, 11/04/2015 : The Connection to your Community More than 40 volunteers in bright yellow shirts saying “Your Voice is Your Vote” flooded two particularly low-voting precincts on Sunday, Nov. 1 to encourage voters to turnout on Election …

Wed, 11/04/2015 : The Connection to your Community

More than 40 volunteers in bright yellow shirts saying “Your Voice is Your Vote” flooded two particularly low-voting precincts on Sunday, Nov. 1 to encourage voters to turnout on Election Day.

, November 4, 2015news other
Interfaith Organization Urges Arlington Residents to Get Out and Vote

Tue, 11/03/2015 : ArlNow A group of more than 40 people in yellow shirts has been knocking on the doors of homes in the Glebe and Arlington Mill voting districts the past few days in hopes of increasing voter turnout …

Tue, 11/03/2015 : ArlNow

A group of more than 40 people in yellow shirts has been knocking on the doors of homes in the Glebe and Arlington Mill voting districts the past few days in hopes of increasing voter turnout today.

, November 3, 2015news other
Arlington board to vote Saturday to plan to add more affordable housing

Fri, 09/18/2015 : Washington Post The Arlington County Board will decide Saturday whether to significantly expand its goals for affordable housing over the next 25 years by requiring nearly 1 in 5 residences to be within the financial reach of low- to moderate-income households. The plan, three years in the making, is the latest attempt by lawmakers to ensure that at least some housing in the increasingly expensive Northern Virginia suburbs remains affordable to starting teachers, food preparers, retirees and others who make 60 percent or less of the area median income — about $65,000 for a family of four, or $45,900 for a single …

Fri, 09/18/2015 : Washington Post

The Arlington County Board will decide Saturday whether to significantly expand its goals for affordable housing over the next 25 years by requiring nearly 1 in 5 residences to be within the financial reach of low- to
moderate-income households.

The plan, three years in the making, is the latest attempt by lawmakers to ensure that at least some housing in the increasingly expensive Northern Virginia suburbs remains affordable to starting teachers, food preparers, retirees and others who make 60 percent or less of the area median income — about $65,000 for a family of four, or $45,900 for a single person.

, September 18, 2015news-housing news
Letter: Arlington housing plan is benefit to schools, community

Wed, 07/22/2015 : Inside NOVA Editor: Many of us have grown and changed with Arlington. I arrived 40 years ago, fresh out of the Peace Corps, with my Turkish husband and little money. We found an affordable rental in the Buckingham community. (A $900,000 townhouse sits there …

Wed, 07/22/2015 : Inside NOVA

Editor: Many of us have grown and changed with Arlington.
I arrived 40 years ago, fresh out of the Peace Corps, with my Turkish husband and little money. We found an affordable rental in the Buckingham community. (A $900,000 townhouse sits there now.)


, July 22, 2015news-housing news
Letter: Time has come to pass Arlington housing plan

Wed, 07/08/2015 : Inside NOVA Editor: I have been struck by some of the comments in letters to the editor opposing the county’s draft Affordable Housing Master Plan and Implementation Framework. A letter in the July 2 edition decries doing “radically more than our fair share,” which seems to be defined as more than what neighboring jurisdictions are doing. Yet, the writer doesn’t make clear why Arlington should be considered comparable to other …

Wed, 07/08/2015 : Inside NOVA

Editor: I have been struck by some of the comments in letters to the editor opposing the county’s draft Affordable Housing Master Plan and Implementation Framework. A letter in the July 2 edition decries doing “radically more than our fair share,” which seems to be defined as more than what neighboring jurisdictions are doing. Yet, the writer doesn’t make clear why Arlington should be considered comparable to other jurisdictions.

, July 8, 2015news-housing news
Letter: Critics of Arlington housing plan need to be more transparent

Thu, 07/02/2015 : Inside NOVA Editor: How sad! Judging from the full-page advertisement sponsored by “Concerned Arlington County Homeowners” in recent issues of the Sun Gazette, it seems Arlington civic life has degenerated to the point that some disgruntled residents apparently feel comfortable engaging anonymously in public mudslinging and …

Thu, 07/02/2015 : Inside NOVA

Editor: How sad! Judging from the full-page advertisement sponsored by “Concerned Arlington County Homeowners” in recent issues of the Sun Gazette, it seems Arlington civic life has degenerated to the point that some disgruntled residents apparently feel comfortable engaging anonymously in public mudslinging and fear-mongering.(…)

, July 2, 2015news-housing news
Kamp Washington Triangle Redevelopment Approved

Wed, 03/04/2015 : Fairfax Connection It is not a perfect project and not everyone got what they wanted. But it will be a vast improvement over what is there now, and it includes some much-needed affordable housing. …And indeed, an overflow crowd of City residents packed Council chambers to speak during last week’s public hearing before the Council took action. More than 70 belonged to VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), a coalition of faith organizations and …

Wed, 03/04/2015 : Fairfax Connection

It is not a perfect project and not everyone got what they wanted. But it
will be a vast improvement over what is there now, and it includes some much-needed affordable housing.

…And indeed, an overflow crowd of City residents packed Council chambers to speak during last week’s public hearing before the Council took action. More than 70 belonged to VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), a coalition of faith organizations and nonprofits.

, March 4, 2015news-housing news
‘Help Us, Will You Please?’ Residents, businesses beseech City Council for more affordable housing

Thu, 11/20/2014 : Fairfax …

Thu, 11/20/2014 : Fairfax Connection

, November 20, 2014news-housing news
Community group holds discussion on affordable Fairfax housing

Wed, 11/12/2014 : GMU Fourth Estate Members of the Fairfax community gathered Monday evening for a discussion on affordable housing options available to lower-income residents. The discussion was hosted by Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement as a way to raise awareness on an issue they believe is critical for the future of the City of Fairfax. In attendance were Mayor Scott Silverthorne, as well as City Councilmembers David Meyers and Michael DeMarco. Reverend Henry Brinton of the Fairfax Presbyterian Church opened the discussion, explaining to the congregation that the purpose of the meeting was to “take a step forward in the City on the issue of affordable …

Wed, 11/12/2014 : GMU Fourth Estate

Members of the Fairfax community gathered Monday evening for a discussion on affordable housing options available to lower-income residents.

The discussion was hosted by Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement as a way to raise awareness on an issue they believe is critical for the future of the City of Fairfax.

In attendance were Mayor Scott Silverthorne, as well as City Councilmembers David Meyers and Michael DeMarco.

Reverend Henry Brinton of the Fairfax Presbyterian Church opened the discussion, explaining to the congregation that the purpose of the meeting was to “take a step forward in the City on the issue of affordable housing.”

, November 12, 2014news-housing news
Hybla Valley mobile home park gets small soccer field, larger nearby space still empty

Tue, 06/24/2014 : Washington Post Last week, the neighbors and VOICE and Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) got together to celebrate the opening of the new field in Audubon, which was financed by Audubon’s management company, Hometown America. “This would not have happened without a lot of the hard work of the members in this neighborhood pressing for things to get better,” said Jennifer Knox, a VOICE spokeswoman. “It’s a mini-soccer field, but it’s enough for the kids to …

Tue, 06/24/2014 : Washington Post

Last week, the neighbors and VOICE and Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) got together to celebrate the opening of the new field in Audubon, which was financed by Audubon’s management company, Hometown America. “This would not have happened without a lot of the hard work of the members in this neighborhood pressing for things to get better,” said Jennifer Knox, a VOICE spokeswoman. “It’s a mini-soccer field, but it’s enough for the kids to play.”

, June 24, 2014news youth
County Board Will Be Held to Account on Affordable-Housing Decsions

Tue, 01/21/2014 : Arlington Sun-Gazette Editor: Last month, the County Board made a potentially historic decision to use public land for the public good of remedying the affordable-housing crisis in our community – “potentially” historic, because history will be made only if the county government follows through with a timely schedule for developing affordable housing before it’s too late. Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) applauds the County Board for embracing the VOICE-proposed strategy of identifying parcels of public land for affordable housing. Inclusion of affordable housing in the county government’s capital improvement program is significant progress, and we are pleased that the county manager will be tasked with identifying parcels of …

Tue, 01/21/2014 : Arlington Sun-Gazette

Editor: Last month, the County Board made a potentially historic decision to use public land for the public good of remedying the affordable-housing crisis in our community – “potentially” historic, because history will be made only if the county government follows through with a timely schedule for developing affordable housing before it’s too late.

Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) applauds the County Board for embracing the VOICE-proposed strategy of identifying parcels of public land for affordable housing. Inclusion of affordable housing in the county government’s capital improvement program is significant progress, and we are pleased that the county manager will be tasked with identifying parcels of land.

, January 21, 2014news-housing news
Activists push for affordable housing on public land in Arlington

Tue, 12/17/2013 : Washington Post Housing activists pushing Arlington County to build 1,500 new units of affordable housing on county-owned land said Tuesday that they do not plan to back off after the County Board said it will consider the idea along with other proposals in the coming year. “We are not going away,” said Robert Buckman, one of the leaders of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Empowerment (VOICE), which collected 10,375 signatures in the past six months in support of its plan. “Priorities are nice, but without deadlines, nothing …

Tue, 12/17/2013 : Washington Post

Housing activists pushing Arlington County to build 1,500 new units of affordable housing on county-owned land said Tuesday that they do not plan to back off after the County Board said it will consider the idea along with other proposals in the coming year.

“We are not going away,” said Robert Buckman, one of the leaders of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Empowerment (VOICE), which collected 10,375 signatures in the past six months in support of its plan. “Priorities are nice, but without deadlines, nothing happens.”

, December 17, 2013news-housing news
In Fairfax County’s Hybla Valley, some help for the west side of Route 1 but residents want more

Mon, 12/16/2013 : Washington Post It’s no secret that some parts of Fairfax County are richer than others. Hybla Valley, along Route 1 in the Alexandria area of southeast Fairfax County, has long been part of the “others,” with more low-income housing and fewer high-end shopping and eating options. Even within Hybla Valley, there’s an economic divide between the east side of Route 1, with Gum Springs and Fort Hunt, and the west side, with the Audubon Estates trailer park and Murray Gate apartments. But the folks in Audubon Estates, which has 711 homes without yards, have begun organizing and with the help of VOICE, an interfaith community organizing group, they are making progress in bringing long-needed recreational facilities to their part of Fairfax. The Audubon residents have formed a partnership with churches and high school booster groups on the other side of Route 1 to help raise money for artificial turf fields at West Potomac and Mount Vernon high schools, and to get much needed repair to Muddy Hole Farm Park on their own side of Route …

Mon, 12/16/2013 : Washington Post

It’s no secret that some parts of Fairfax County are richer than others. Hybla Valley, along Route 1 in the Alexandria area of southeast Fairfax County, has long been part of the “others,” with more low-income housing and fewer high-end shopping and eating options. Even within Hybla Valley, there’s an economic divide between the east side of Route 1, with Gum Springs and Fort Hunt, and the west side, with the Audubon Estates trailer park and Murray Gate apartments. But the folks in Audubon Estates, which has 711 homes without yards, have begun organizing and with the help of VOICE, an interfaith community organizing group, they are making progress in bringing long-needed recreational facilities to their part of Fairfax. The Audubon residents have formed a partnership with churches and high school booster groups on the other side of Route 1 to help raise money for artificial turf fields at West Potomac and Mount Vernon high schools, and to get much needed repair to Muddy Hole Farm Park on their own side of Route 1.

, December 16, 2013news youth
Arlington affordable-housing solutions sought

Sat, 12/14/2013 : Washington Post Finding ways to address the shrinking supply of affordable rental housing in Arlington County would be the County Board’s biggest priority in 2013, chairman J. Walter Tejada (D) declared in January. Two weeks before the year ends, the board on Saturday approved new temporary rental assistance for low-income residents who find themselves being priced out of their existing apartments, loaned a nonprofit developer $8.3 million to buy and preserve 101 apartments near South Glebe Road and I-395, and adopted a set of financial tools to preserve 6,200 existing affordable apartments in the neighborhoods along Columbia …

Sat, 12/14/2013 : Washington Post

Finding ways to address the shrinking supply of affordable rental housing in Arlington County would be the County Board’s biggest priority in 2013, chairman J. Walter Tejada (D) declared in January.

Two weeks before the year ends, the board on Saturday approved new temporary rental assistance for low-income residents who find themselves being priced out of their existing apartments, loaned a nonprofit developer $8.3 million to buy and preserve 101 apartments near South Glebe Road and I-395, and adopted a set of financial tools to preserve 6,200 existing affordable apartments in the neighborhoods along Columbia Pike.

, December 14, 2013news-housing news
City Passes Affordable Housing Amendment to Comprehensive Plan

Tue, 11/19/2013 : Fairfax Patch The City of Fairfax has taken a clear step toward attempting to increase the availability of affordable housing within its borders. At its most recent meeting, the City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the City’s Comprehensive Plan that makes it clear that having a mix of different housing types to match many different ages and economic statuses is a …

Tue, 11/19/2013 : Fairfax Patch

The City of Fairfax has taken a clear step toward attempting to increase the availability of affordable housing within its borders. At its most recent meeting, the City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the City’s Comprehensive Plan that makes it clear that having a mix of different housing types to match many different ages and economic statuses is a priority.

, November 19, 2013news-housing news
‘West Poor’ – No More

Thu, 11/07/2013 : Mount Vernon Gazette When athletes at West Potomac High School travel to other schools in the region, they often hear students call their school “West Poor.” That’s because the school has notoriously bad athletic fields, ones that are so bad they have a reputation that stretches across Northern Virginia. That’s all about to change, though, because advocates for athletic fields have persuaded Fairfax County leaders to invest $3.5 million to improve conditions up and down the Route 1 corridor, where poverty rates are some of the highest in the …

Thu, 11/07/2013 : Mount Vernon Gazette

When athletes at West Potomac High School travel to other schools in the region, they often hear students call their school “West Poor.” That’s because the school
has notoriously bad athletic fields, ones that are so bad they have a reputation that stretches across Northern Virginia. That’s all about to change, though, because advocates for athletic fields have persuaded Fairfax County leaders to invest $3.5 million to improve conditions up and down the Route 1 corridor, where poverty rates are some of the highest in the county.

, November 7, 2013news youth
WPHS and MVHS Will Get Turf Fields

Wed, 11/06/2013 : Mount Vernon Voice By this time next year, West Potomac High Athletic Club Booster president Rick Genuario expects the brown grass on the school’s football field will be replaced with artificial …

Wed, 11/06/2013 : Mount Vernon Voice

By this time next year, West Potomac High Athletic Club Booster president Rick Genuario expects the brown grass on the school’s football field will be replaced
with artificial turf.

, November 6, 2013news youth
Housing costs outpace wages in Arlington

Sun, 09/29/2013 : Washington Post Shiny new high-rises in Rosslyn, the hip condos of Clarendon and the renovated bungalows in Ballston hide a truth about the state of housing in Arlington County and throughout Northern Virginia — unless your household income is above $60,000, you are increasingly being priced out of the market. Construction is booming and 25-to-35-year-olds are flooding into the county from the District, Fairfax County and Maryland. But even starter apartments in Arlington are moving out of range for a large portion of the workforce because incomes have not kept up with the rising cost of housing, according to a study compiled by a county task …

Sun, 09/29/2013 : Washington Post

Shiny new high-rises in Rosslyn, the hip condos of Clarendon and the renovated bungalows in Ballston hide a truth about the state of housing in Arlington County and throughout Northern Virginia — unless your household income is above $60,000, you are increasingly being priced out of the market.

Construction is booming and 25-to-35-year-olds are flooding into the county from the District, Fairfax County and Maryland. But even starter apartments in Arlington are moving out of range for a large portion of the workforce because incomes have not kept up with the rising cost of housing, according to a study compiled by a county task force.

, September 29, 2013news-housing news
Georgetown South in Manassas: A neighborhood remaking itself

Sat, 09/14/2013 : Washington Post Each time Ron Taylor steps outside the squat brick townhouse he rents in the Manassas neighborhood of Georgetown South, the house next door is a reminder of how things used to be. It’s his old home, now vacant. The yard, where he once carefully carved a planter from a tree trunk, is overgrown with weeds. Taylor, 68, and his wife lived there for about a decade before it was foreclosed on last year. Georgetown South was envisioned as a tony, southern sister for the District’s famous and affluent Georgetown when it was built in 1964. But that was never in the cards for the neighborhood, and it soon became better known for blight and crime. When the foreclosure crisis came, it was among the area’s hardest hit neighborhoods. At the height of the housing bubble, nearly 60 percent of residents were homeowners. Now, about 60 percent …

Sat, 09/14/2013 : Washington Post

Each time Ron Taylor steps outside the squat brick townhouse he rents in the Manassas neighborhood of Georgetown South, the house next door is a reminder of how things used to be. It’s his old home, now vacant. The yard, where he once carefully carved a planter from a tree trunk, is overgrown with weeds. Taylor, 68, and his wife lived there for about a decade before it was foreclosed on last year. Georgetown South was envisioned as a tony, southern sister for the District’s famous and affluent Georgetown when it was built in 1964. But that was never in the cards for the neighborhood, and it soon became better known for blight and crime. When the foreclosure crisis came, it was among the area’s hardest hit neighborhoods. At the height of the housing bubble, nearly 60 percent of residents were homeowners. Now, about 60 percent rent.

, September 13, 2013foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Churches forgo the hammer on housing: Column

Wed, 08/28/2013 : USAToday The Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity builds houses using volunteer labor and has helped many low-income families become homeowners. But the recent foreclosure crisis and shortage of rental units have opened my eyes to an even bigger need — helping families to stay in their homes. Instead of swinging a hammer, I’m meeting with developers, bankers and politicians in an effort to preserve affordable housing for my needy church members and neighbors. It’s a trend that has caught on across the …

Wed, 08/28/2013 : USAToday

The Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity builds houses using volunteer labor and has helped many low-income families become homeowners. But the recent foreclosure crisis and shortage of rental units have opened my eyes to an even bigger need — helping families to stay in their homes.

Instead of swinging a hammer, I’m meeting with developers, bankers and politicians in an effort to preserve affordable housing for my needy church members and neighbors. It’s a trend that has caught on across the country.

, August 27, 2013foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Churches forgo the hammer on housing: Column

Wed, 08/28/2013 : USAToday The Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity builds houses using volunteer labor and has helped many low-income families become homeowners. But the recent foreclosure crisis and shortage of rental units have opened my eyes to an even bigger need — helping families to stay in their homes. Instead of swinging a hammer, I’m meeting with developers, bankers and politicians in an effort to preserve affordable housing for my needy church members and neighbors. It’s a trend that has caught on across the …

Wed, 08/28/2013 : USAToday

The Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity builds houses using volunteer labor and has helped many low-income families become homeowners. But the recent foreclosure crisis and shortage of rental units have opened my eyes to an even bigger need — helping families to stay in their homes.

Instead of swinging a hammer, I’m meeting with developers, bankers and politicians in an effort to preserve affordable housing for my needy church members and neighbors. It’s a trend that has caught on across the country.

, August 27, 2013news-housing news
County Hosts Hearing on Crescent Apartments Redevelopment

Wed, 08/07/2013 : Reston Connection “One of the primary requirements of anyone that responded to RFP was the retention of 181 affordable units,” said Barbara Byron of the county‘s Office for Community Revitalization and Reinvestment. “In addition to that, the RFP required that the rest of the units provide 20 percent of the total as affordable dwelling units.” #LAKE ANNE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS, a subsidiary of Republic Land Development, was selected by the county in early July. #“They are required to submit detailed relocation plan for how the 181 residents will be moved to new development within Crescent property,” Byron said. “They will have to do that to our approval, and will be required to do that in the first phase of development.” #Many of the current residents are concerned about the proposal, fearing that any relocation will be detrimental to their way of life. Herminda Belleza, who has lived at the Crescent Apartments for 12 years, is concerned about the effect a move would have on her daughter, who just graduated from Forest Edge Elementary School. #“I am very worried about the Crescent redevelopment plan. If my family is forced to move from Crescent, this will disrupt my daughter’s education plans,” she said. “We have built our life at Crescent around good schools and closeness to my job. I would be unable to afford a more expensive apartment in …

Wed, 08/07/2013 : Reston Connection

“One of the primary requirements of anyone that responded to RFP was the retention of 181 affordable units,” said Barbara Byron of the county‘s Office for Community Revitalization and Reinvestment. “In addition to that, the RFP required that the rest of the units provide 20 percent of the total as affordable dwelling units.”

#LAKE ANNE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS, a subsidiary of Republic Land Development, was selected by the county in early July.

#“They are required to submit detailed relocation plan for how the 181 residents will be moved to new development within Crescent property,” Byron said. “They will have to do that to our approval, and will be required to do that in the first phase of development.”

#Many of the current residents are concerned about the proposal, fearing that any relocation will be detrimental to their way of life. Herminda Belleza, who has lived at the Crescent Apartments for 12 years, is concerned about the effect a move would have on her daughter, who just graduated from Forest Edge Elementary School.

#“I am very worried about the Crescent redevelopment plan. If my family is forced to move from Crescent, this will disrupt my daughter’s education plans,” she said. “We have built our life at Crescent around good schools and closeness to my job. I would be unable to afford a more expensive apartment in Reston.”


, August 7, 2013news-housing news
Residents of Reston’s Crescent apartments wary as redevelopment process starts

Mon, 06/24/2013 : Washington Post When Fairfax County spent $49.5 million to buy the Crescent apartment complex near Lake Anne in Reston, in 2006, it was with the stated goal of preserving affordable housing in the county as real estate values continued their upward climb. So it came as a surprise to the residents when they learned that Fairfax was already looking to sell or lease the property for redevelopment, as part of a bigger plan to revitalize the Lake Anne area. The county’s plan is to replace the 181 apartments in the 50-year-old, three-story buildings with up to 935 apartments overlooking the lake and close to shopping and a new Metro station. The current residents love the place, not only because their rents are low ($1,150 for a two-bedroom place) but because it’s near two elementary schools and many bus lines. “There are good people living here,” said Andres Paz, a dental assistant who’s lived in the Crescent for 8 1/2 years. “We are somebody. We are poor, but we are good …

Mon, 06/24/2013 : Washington Post

When Fairfax County spent $49.5 million to buy the Crescent apartment complex near Lake Anne in Reston, in 2006, it was with the stated goal of preserving affordable housing in the county as real estate values continued their upward climb. So it came as a surprise to the residents when they learned that Fairfax was already looking to sell or lease the property for redevelopment, as part of a bigger plan to revitalize the Lake Anne area. The county’s plan is to replace the 181 apartments in the 50-year-old, three-story buildings with up to 935 apartments overlooking the lake and close to shopping and a new Metro station. The current residents love the place, not only because their rents are low ($1,150 for a two-bedroom place) but because it’s near two elementary schools and many bus lines. “There are good people living here,” said Andres Paz, a dental assistant who’s lived in the Crescent for 8 1/2 years. “We are somebody. We are poor, but we are good people.”

, June 24, 2013news-housing news
Faith Groups Raise Voice To Protect Neighborhoods Affected by Foreclosure

Sat, 06/22/2013 : The Muslim Link At a roundtable, fifteen Muslims nervously share stories about their financial problems. It is a new concept especially for older immigrants, not used to airing their laundry in public, more so inside a masjid. They are at the Dar al Noor Islamic Center in Manassas, VA located in a county heavily hit by the mortgage crisis. Some skip their turn but then gain the courage to speak up, after seeing others in the same …

Sat, 06/22/2013 : The Muslim Link

At a roundtable, fifteen Muslims nervously share stories about their financial problems. It is a new concept especially for older immigrants, not used to airing their laundry in public, more so inside a masjid. They are at the Dar al Noor Islamic Center in Manassas, VA located in a county heavily hit by the mortgage crisis. Some skip their turn but then gain the courage to speak up, after seeing others in the same situation.

, June 22, 2013foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Group calls for more low-income housing

Fri, 06/21/2013 : Washington Post An interfaith group of housing and justice advocates is calling for the use of publicly owned land in Arlington for the development of affordable and workforce housing. The group, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, says that Arlington County in particular needs 1,000 to 1,500 new housing units in the next five years that are affordable to people who make less than …

Fri, 06/21/2013 : Washington Post

An interfaith group of housing and justice advocates is calling for the use of publicly owned land in Arlington for the development of affordable and workforce housing. The group, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, says that Arlington County in particular needs 1,000 to 1,500 new housing units in the next five years that are affordable to people who make less than $50,000.

, June 21, 2013news-housing news
Group Says JPMorgan Did Not Help Virginia County Recover from Housing Crisis

Thu, 06/20/2013 : NPR – WAMU Fifty interfaith leaders and foreclosure victims working as part of the group Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) protested outside the J.P. Morgan Chase office in the District today. The group says the bank has refused to invest in a $30 million federal pilot program to help Prince William County recover from the housing crisis, which saw 20,000 foreclosures. The group says J.P. Morgan Chase, General Electric and Bank of America were responsible for the bulk of those …

Thu, 06/20/2013 : NPR – WAMU

Fifty interfaith leaders and foreclosure victims working as part of the group Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) protested outside the J.P. Morgan Chase office in the District today. The group says the bank has refused to invest in a $30 million federal pilot program to help Prince William County recover from the housing crisis, which saw 20,000 foreclosures. The group says J.P. Morgan Chase, General Electric and Bank of America were responsible for the bulk of those foreclosures.

, June 20, 2013foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Faith Group Unveils Plan to Rebuild Blighted Homes

Sat, 06/08/2013 : Washington Jewish Week Jews in Northern Virginia were part of a coalition of some 50 religious communities that announced a $30 million reinvestment plan to rebuild deteriorating communities in Prince William County. The coalition, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, unveiled the plan June 3 at a Woodbridge school in the presence of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and executives of financial institutions that agreed to finance the …

Sat, 06/08/2013 : Washington Jewish Week

Jews in Northern Virginia were part of a coalition of some 50 religious communities that announced a $30 million reinvestment plan to rebuild deteriorating communities in Prince William County. The coalition, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, unveiled the plan June 3 at a Woodbridge school in the presence of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and executives of financial institutions that agreed to finance the rebuilding.

, June 13, 2013foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Celebrating Progress

Thu, 06/13/2013 : Mount Vernon Gazette A 200-person event, organized by the community organzation VOICE, brought together Route 1/Mount Vernon/Lee area youth, parents, and faith leaders to celebrate progress to improve youth recreation facilities and programming in the area on Monday evening, June 10, at West Potomac High …

Thu, 06/13/2013 : Mount Vernon Gazette

A 200-person event, organized by the community organzation VOICE, brought together Route 1/Mount Vernon/Lee area youth, parents, and faith leaders to celebrate progress to improve youth recreation facilities and programming in the area on Monday evening, June 10, at West Potomac High School.

, June 13, 2013news youth
Maintaining a Loud VOICE for Turf Fields

Wed, 06/12/2013 : Mount Vernon VOICE V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) members remain optimistic and as determined as ever to see turf fields installed at Mount Vernon and West Potomac high schools, as well as more recreational opportunities for youth of Audubon Mobile Home Park and Murraygate …

Wed, 06/12/2013 : Mount Vernon VOICE

V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) members remain optimistic and as determined as ever to see turf fields installed at Mount Vernon and West Potomac high schools, as well as more recreational opportunities for youth of Audubon Mobile Home Park and Murraygate Village.

, June 12, 2013news youth
Va. Communities Receive $30 Million in Housing Redevelopment

Mon, 06/03/2013 : NBC 4 Washington The foreclosure crisis is long over in Prince William County, but hundreds of the abandoned, decaying properties are still left behind. A coalition of religious organizations is launching a plan to use $30 million to rehab foreclosed units and create more affordable rentals. Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) has spent the past three years pressuring lenders at the center of the foreclosure crisis to help financially with the …

Mon, 06/03/2013 : NBC 4 Washington

The foreclosure crisis is long over in Prince William County, but hundreds of the abandoned, decaying properties are still left behind. A coalition of religious organizations is launching a plan to use $30 million to rehab foreclosed units and create more affordable rentals. Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) has spent the past three years pressuring lenders at the center of the foreclosure crisis to help financially with the fallout.

, June 4, 2013foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
VOICE set to announce $30 million foreclosure rehab program

Mon, 06/03/2013 : Prince William Today A vocal group of religious leaders on Monday night plans to announce a $30 million pilot program to rehabilitate townhouses in Prince William County left vacant by foreclosure. Organizers of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, said the Prince William Restoration Plan will rehabilitate more than 100 vacant properties in Prince William, Manassas and Manassas …

Mon, 06/03/2013 : Prince William Today

A vocal group of religious leaders on Monday night plans to announce a $30 million pilot program to rehabilitate townhouses in Prince William County left vacant by foreclosure. Organizers of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, said the Prince William Restoration Plan will rehabilitate more than 100 vacant properties in Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park.

, June 3, 2013foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Advocates: Pr. William communities to get $30m for housing pilot program

Mon, 06/03/2013 : Washington Post By Jeremy Borden. Millions in funding for a housing pilot program that would go toward restoring communities affected by the 2008 foreclosure crisis in Prince William County will be promised by two major financial institutions and a Virginia housing agency Monday, according to Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. Prince William suffered more than 20,000 foreclosures during the housing market collapse and was the hardest hit locality in Virginia, according to the coalition of interfaith groups, which has organized around housing issues in the …

Mon, 06/03/2013 : Washington Post

By Jeremy Borden. Millions in funding for a housing pilot program that would go toward restoring communities affected by the 2008 foreclosure crisis in Prince William County will be promised by two major financial institutions and a Virginia housing agency Monday, according to Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement.

Prince William suffered more than 20,000 foreclosures during the housing market collapse and was the hardest hit locality in Virginia, according to the coalition of interfaith groups, which has organized around housing issues in the county.

, June 3, 2013foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Alarmed over Crescent Apartments Future

Wed, 05/22/2013 : Reston Connection 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. This could force 80 percent of the residents out of the apartments, and possibly out of …

Wed, 05/22/2013 : Reston Connection

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. This could force 80 percent of the residents out of the apartments, and possibly out of Reston.

, May 22, 2013news-housing news
Column: Reston Marches to Support Neighbors

Wed, 05/22/2013 : Reston Connection 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 …

Wed, 05/22/2013 : Reston Connection

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.

, May 22, 2013news-housing news
Community Fights Ruin From Foreclosure

Thu, 03/28/2013 : CNN When the housing crisis came, no community was hit harder than Georgetown South. Tom Foreman looks at the efforts of VOICE, a group in Virginia fighting to keep people in their …

Thu, 03/28/2013 : CNN

When the housing crisis came, no community was hit harder than Georgetown South. Tom Foreman looks at the efforts of VOICE, a group in Virginia fighting to keep people in their homes.

, March 28, 2013foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Foreclosure Fraud Settlement: $3.5M for Virginia

Mon, 02/11/2013 : Public News Service 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 …

Mon, 02/11/2013 : Public News Service

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.

, February 11, 2013news-housing news
WP Students Plead for Turf Field

, October 17, 2012news youth
VOICE sings Bank of America’s praises in Woodbridge

Tue, 10/02/2012 : Washington Post / AP The scene at a Prince William County church Monday night may have been startling to regulators and some homeowners just a few years ago: a room full of politicians, interfaith leaders and about 700 congregants rising to their feet and praising Bank of America, once reviled by some for its banking practices. Bank of America executive Andrew Plepler, in charge of global corporate responsibility, said the bank has been a steadfast partner of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, a coalition of more than 40 interfaith congregations that have sought to hold banks and politicians accountable for the 2008 housing …

Tue, 10/02/2012 : Washington Post / AP

The scene at a Prince William County church Monday night may have been startling to regulators and some homeowners just a few years ago: a room full of politicians, interfaith leaders and about 700 congregants rising to their feet and praising Bank of America, once reviled by some for its banking practices.

Bank of America executive Andrew Plepler, in charge of global corporate responsibility, said the bank has been a steadfast partner of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, a coalition of more than 40 interfaith congregations that have sought to hold banks and politicians accountable for the 2008 housing crisis.

, October 2, 2012foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Underwater and Underserved: County has few mortgage counselors despite great need

Sun, 09/16/2012 : Washington Post By Jeremy Borden. “Can I get your name and the account number you’re talking about?” the bank representative asks. Things are tense in the office of Charlene Watkins-Byrd, a housing counselor for the Woodbridge-based nonprofit group First Home Alliance. But when Watkins-Byrd calls the mortgage servicer on behalf of David and his wife, Rebekah, a game of seemingly pleasant cat-and-mouse between housing counselor and financial agency representative …

Sun, 09/16/2012 : Washington Post

By Jeremy Borden. “Can I get your name and the account number you’re talking about?” the bank representative asks. Things are tense in the office of Charlene Watkins-Byrd, a housing counselor for the Woodbridge-based nonprofit group First Home Alliance. But when Watkins-Byrd calls the mortgage servicer on behalf of David and his wife, Rebekah, a game of seemingly pleasant cat-and-mouse between housing counselor and financial agency representative ensues.

, September 16, 2012foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
McKay Promises Field Improvements

Fri, 08/31/2012 : Mount Vernon Gazette Mount Vernon — Touring three neglected athletic fields Aug. 15, Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and Park Authority board member Edward Batten heard public testimony urging them to take action. Both expressed their intent to make the fields playable and …

Fri, 08/31/2012 : Mount Vernon Gazette

Mount Vernon — Touring three neglected athletic fields Aug. 15, Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and Park Authority board member Edward Batten heard public testimony urging them to take action. Both expressed their intent to make the fields playable and safe.

, August 31, 2012news youth
VOICE Seeks Support for Better Fields

Wed, 08/22/2012 : Mount Vernon Voice At Mount Vernon Woods Park Carla Claure told a small crowd which included Lee Supervisor Jeff McKay and Fairfax County Park Authority board member Ed Batten that all she wants is a safe place for her three daughters, Carla, 17, Daniella, 6, and Alejandra, 3, to …

Wed, 08/22/2012 : Mount Vernon Voice

At Mount Vernon Woods Park Carla Claure told a small crowd which included Lee Supervisor Jeff McKay and Fairfax County Park Authority board member Ed Batten that all she wants is a safe place for her three daughters, Carla, 17, Daniella, 6, and Alejandra, 3, to play.

, August 22, 2012news youth
Senior Services Top Interfaith Group’s Agenda

Thu, 07/05/2012 : Washington Jewish Week A group of McLean and Falls Church activists got most of what they wanted last week, at a meeting during which they pressed local officials to increase services for the area’s growing senior …

Thu, 07/05/2012 : Washington Jewish Week

A group of McLean and Falls Church activists got most of what they wanted last week, at a meeting during which they pressed local officials to increase services for the area’s growing senior population.

, July 5, 2012news other
Local Interfaith Group Raises $200,000 for Full-Time Dentist

Wed, 06/20/2012 : Reston & Great Falls Connection VOICE, a local interfaith group, has raised $200,000 to fund a full-time dentist at the western Fairfax County branch of the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, low-income dental clinic. “Virginia, historically, is one of seven states in the nation that does not provide oral health care for adults. If an individual cannot afford access to a safe heath care, they may end up pulling their own teeth or going to one of the underground clinics where there is a high risk of infection. Also, it’s important to keep in mind, a lot of people who do not have proper dental care access, end up in the emergency room, incurring greater taxpayer costs,” said Tom Wilson, executive director of the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic. The monies raised will ensure funding for the clinic for two years. The full-time dentist will begin seeing patients July …

Wed, 06/20/2012 : Reston & Great Falls Connection

VOICE, a local interfaith group, has raised $200,000 to fund a full-time dentist at the western Fairfax County branch of the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, low-income dental clinic.

“Virginia, historically, is one of seven states in the nation that does not provide oral health care for adults. If an individual cannot afford access to a safe heath care, they may end up pulling their own teeth or going to one of the underground clinics where there is a high risk of infection. Also, it’s important to keep in mind, a lot of people who do not have proper dental
care access, end up in the emergency room, incurring greater taxpayer costs,” said Tom Wilson, executive director of the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic.

The monies raised will ensure funding for the clinic for two years. The full-time dentist will begin seeing patients July 1.

, June 26, 2012health-and-dental-care news
County Leaders Pledge Support for Recreation

Thu, 06/14/2012 : Mount Vernon Gazette In the packed multipurpose room of Bethlehem Baptist Church Monday night, June 11, as 400 parents, students and coaches waited and listened, Supervisors Gerry Hyland and Jeff McKay committed themselves to improving after-school recreation facilities and transportation to keep the community’s young people productively occupied, nurtured and out of trouble. “This is the most people I’ve seen come out to advocate for athletic recreation facilities in my 30-plus years in being involved in the county,” said McKay, Lee District Supervisor, as he welcomed the challenge along with Hyland, Mount Vernon District …

Thu, 06/14/2012 : Mount Vernon Gazette

In the packed multipurpose room of Bethlehem Baptist Church Monday night, June
11, as 400 parents, students and coaches waited and listened, Supervisors Gerry Hyland and Jeff McKay committed themselves to improving after-school recreation
facilities and transportation to keep the community’s young people productively occupied, nurtured and out of trouble. “This is the most people I’ve seen
come out to advocate for athletic recreation facilities in my 30-plus years in being involved in the county,” said McKay, Lee District Supervisor, as he welcomed the challenge along with Hyland, Mount Vernon District Supervisor.

, June 14, 2012news youth
Varied Crowed Unites on Demands for Corridor Youth

Wed, 06/13/2012 : Mount Vernon Voice A huge crowd attended a meeting Monday night on the need for more recreational amenities for the residents of the Richmond Highway …

Wed, 06/13/2012 : Mount Vernon Voice

A huge crowd attended a meeting Monday night on the need for
more recreational amenities for the residents of the Richmond
Highway corridor.

, June 13, 2012news youth
1,000 Prince William County homeowners to get mortgage help

Tue, 06/05/2012 : Washington Business Journal At the urging of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement — an advocacy group known as VOICE — Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. intend to offer nearly 1,000 homeowners in Prince William County and Manassas and Manassas Park assistance through the $25 billion national mortgage settlement, NBC Washington …

Tue, 06/05/2012 : Washington Business Journal

At the urging of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement — an advocacy group known as VOICE — Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. intend to offer nearly 1,000 homeowners in Prince William County and Manassas and Manassas Park assistance through the $25 billion national mortgage settlement, NBC Washington reports.

, June 5, 2012foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
1,000 Residents To Get Mortgage Assistance

Sun, 06/03/2012 : Huffington Post Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase executives announced Sunday night that almost 1,000 Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park homeowners will qualify for help through the $26 billion National Mortgage Settlement. The announcement came during a packed rally organized by the interfaith group Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) at First Baptist Church in …

Sun, 06/03/2012 : Huffington Post

Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase executives announced Sunday night that almost 1,000 Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park homeowners will qualify for help through the $26 billion National Mortgage Settlement. The announcement came during a packed rally organized by the interfaith group Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) at First Baptist Church in Manassas.

, June 4, 2012foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Ken Cuccinelli looks at foreclosures in Manassas neighborhood

Fri, 05/04/2012 : Washington Post Virginia’s top cop and Prince William County resident Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II toured a foreclosure-wracked neighborhood Thursday in Manassas. He met privately with organizers and religious leaders from Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) and then toured the Manassas neighborhood of Georgetown South as neighborhood leaders described how vacant properties affect a place — and, as organizers and religious leaders put it, how banks and lenders used dubious tactics that helped Prince William become one of the worst hit places for foreclosures in the …

Fri, 05/04/2012 : Washington Post

Virginia’s top cop and Prince William County resident Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II toured a foreclosure-wracked neighborhood Thursday in Manassas. He met privately with organizers and religious leaders from Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) and then toured the Manassas neighborhood of Georgetown South as neighborhood leaders described how vacant properties affect a place — and, as organizers and religious leaders put it, how banks and lenders used dubious tactics that helped Prince William become one of the worst hit places for foreclosures in the state.

, May 4, 2012foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Predator GE: We Bring Bad Things to Life

Fri, 04/27/2012 : The Nation By William Greider. If the Justice Department wants to get serious about investigating financial fraud by Wall Street big boys, it ought to drop by the White House and interview Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. Immelt is chair of President Obama’s jobs and competitive council, where he strategizes about how to revive American manufacturing. In some other places, only thirty miles from the White House, Immelt is known as the subprime foreclosure …

Fri, 04/27/2012 : The Nation

By William Greider. If the Justice Department wants to get serious about investigating financial fraud by Wall Street big boys, it ought to drop by the White House and interview Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. Immelt is chair of President Obama’s jobs and competitive council, where he strategizes about how to revive American manufacturing. In some other places, only thirty miles from the White House, Immelt is known as the subprime foreclosure king.

, April 27, 2012foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Housing costs trouble many Arlingtonians

Tue, 03/27/2012 : Washington Post 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 …

Tue, 03/27/2012 : Washington Post

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.

, March 27, 2012news-housing news
Religious leaders march on GE

Sun, 03/11/2012 : Washington Post In October, several Northern Virginia religious congregations gathered at Freedom High School in Woodbridge to discuss housing issues in Prince William County and demand action…Representatives from Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase promised support for the county in various ways. But there is another corporate player Prince William’s religious leaders would like to join them at the table: General Electric. Leaders say, however, that they have been rebuffed by GE as they have looked for ways to work with the …

Sun, 03/11/2012 : Washington Post

In October, several Northern Virginia religious congregations gathered at Freedom High School in Woodbridge to discuss housing issues in Prince William County and demand action…Representatives from Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase promised support for the county in various ways. But there is another corporate player Prince William’s religious leaders would like to join them at the table: General Electric. Leaders say, however, that they have been rebuffed by GE as they have looked for ways to work with the company.

, March 11, 2012foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
VOICE Seeks Funds for Dental Care

Tue, 02/07/2012 : Reston Connection Organization has raised $150,000, needs another $50,000 to provide free dental care. As a dentist practicing for 11 year, Kristin Donohue says she has seen plenty of lives that have been transformed by access to dental care. As a volunteer at a dental clinic that offers free care in Bailey’s Crossroads she has also seen her fair share of people who don’t have that …

Tue, 02/07/2012 : Reston Connection

Organization has raised $150,000, needs another $50,000 to provide free dental care. As a dentist practicing for 11 year, Kristin Donohue says she has seen plenty of lives that have been transformed by access to dental care. As a volunteer at a dental clinic that offers free care in Bailey’s Crossroads she has also seen her fair share of people who don’t have that access.

, February 4, 2012health-and-dental-care news
As Foreclosures Surge, Help Is Often Hard to Find

Thu, 11/03/2011 : NPR President Obama’s new plan to help millions of people stay in their homes by refinancing their mortgages at low rates raised hopes of easing the housing crisis. But federal budget cuts have sharply reduced the number of housing counselors who can help distressed homeowners in the nation’s hardest hit communities. Banks that own the properties are slow to pick up the …

Thu, 11/03/2011 : NPR

President Obama’s new plan to help millions of people stay in their homes by refinancing their mortgages at low rates raised hopes of easing the housing crisis.

But federal budget cuts have sharply reduced the number of housing counselors who can help distressed homeowners in the nation’s hardest hit communities. Banks that own the properties are slow to pick up the tab.

, November 3, 2011foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Interfaith group enlists banks in mortgage crisis

Mon, 10/31/2011 : Washington Post Members from more than 40 religious institutions across Northern Virginia are asking some of the country’s largest banks to commit to helping rebuild neighborhoods that have been devastated by housing …

Mon, 10/31/2011 : Washington Post

Members from more than 40 religious institutions across Northern Virginia are asking some of the country’s largest banks to commit to helping rebuild neighborhoods that have been devastated by housing foreclosures.

, October 31, 2011foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
In Woodbridge, Foreclosures Hit Hard

Mon, 10/31/2011 : WAMU 88.5 The foreclosure crisis is striking Prince William County, Va. particularly hard and homeowners there are demanding banks work with the community to stem the tide. Homeowners in Woodbridge are furious with big banks. Many families report that banks have lost their payment information or their mortgage papers, yet the financial institutions still proceed with foreclosures anyway. On top of that, 6,000 families are behind on their mortgage payments, even though interest rates are at historic …

Mon, 10/31/2011 : WAMU 88.5

The foreclosure crisis is striking Prince William County, Va. particularly hard and homeowners there are demanding banks work with the community to stem the tide.

Homeowners in Woodbridge are furious with big banks. Many families report that banks have lost their payment information or their mortgage papers, yet the financial institutions still proceed with foreclosures anyway. On top of that, 6,000 families are behind on their mortgage payments, even though interest rates are at historic lows.

, October 31, 2011foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Robo signing Widespread in Prince Wiliam

Tue, 09/20/2011 : Washington Post Lenders may have foreclosed on hundreds of homeowners in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park using unreliable, “robo-signed” documents, according to a report by the group Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community …

Tue, 09/20/2011 : Washington Post

Lenders may have foreclosed on hundreds of homeowners in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park using unreliable, “robo-signed” documents, according to a report by the group Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement.

, September 20, 2011foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
VOICE Citizen Investigators Uncover Rampant Robo Signing

Tue, 09/20/2011 : Channel 8 News Over the summer of 2011, a team of more than 30 VOICE citizen investigators conducted research into how the “robo-signing scandal” – a national news story profiled on 60 Minutes, in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and more – affected Prince William County, Manassas, & Manassas Park. In the jurisdiction with the most foreclosures in the state of Virginia (more than 16,000) and the 26th highest percentage of underwater properties in the United States (47.4%), these investigators uncovered clear patterns. Many of the documents filed with the Prince William Clerk of Court appeared to have been produced without proper oversight, to have been hurriedly signed and completed, and to be potentially fraudulent. VOICE found obviously mis-matched signatures from bank officials and notary publics; they also found that at least 45% of the documents they analyzed were produced at sites under federal, state, or national media investigation for …

Tue, 09/20/2011 : Channel 8 News

Over the summer of 2011, a team of more than 30 VOICE citizen investigators conducted research into how the “robo-signing scandal” – a national news story profiled on 60 Minutes, in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and more – affected Prince William County, Manassas, & Manassas Park. In the jurisdiction with the most foreclosures in the state of Virginia (more than 16,000) and the 26th highest percentage of underwater properties in the United States (47.4%), these investigators uncovered clear patterns. Many of the documents filed with the Prince William Clerk of Court appeared to have been produced without proper oversight, to have been hurriedly signed and completed, and to be potentially fraudulent. VOICE found obviously mis-matched signatures from bank officials and notary publics; they also found that at least 45% of the documents they analyzed were produced at sites under federal, state, or national media investigation for robo-signing.

, September 20, 2011foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Prince William Residents Blame Robo-signing For Rash Of Foreclosures

Wed, 09/21/2011 : WAMU 88.5 Prince William County has the highest rate of foreclosures in Virginia, and residents of one neighborhood who blame the foreclosure rate on the practice of ‘robo-signing,’ are demanding accountability from the banks and an investigation by state officials. At the height of the foreclosure crunch, approximately 25 percent of homes in the Georgetown South development in Manassas were foreclosed and …

Wed, 09/21/2011 : WAMU 88.5

Prince William County has the highest rate of foreclosures in Virginia, and residents of one neighborhood who blame the foreclosure rate on the practice of ‘robo-signing,’ are demanding accountability from the banks and an investigation by state officials. At the height of the foreclosure crunch, approximately 25 percent of homes in the Georgetown South development in Manassas were foreclosed and vacant.

, September 11, 2011foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
A VOICE for Our Clinics

Mon, 08/01/2011 : Nova News – Newsletter for Northern Virginia Dental Society Members VOICE, a local grassroots organization, recently attended our Northern Virginia Dental Society Executive Committee meeting. Their goal was to discuss ways to amplify the support for Northern Virginal Dental Clinic (NVDC). You may not be aware, but V.O.I.C.E. has been instrumental in getting funding for our clinic at Bailey’s Crossroads. They secured commitments for a total of $100,000 from Fairfax County, Arlington County and Alexandria a couple years ago. They are now working to get funding of an equal amount for the new NVDC in …

Mon, 08/01/2011 : Nova News – Newsletter for Northern Virginia Dental Society Members

VOICE, a local grassroots organization, recently attended our Northern Virginia Dental Society Executive Committee meeting. Their goal was to discuss ways to amplify the support for Northern Virginal Dental Clinic (NVDC). You may not be aware, but V.O.I.C.E. has been instrumental in getting funding for our clinic at Bailey’s Crossroads. They secured commitments for a total of $100,000 from Fairfax County, Arlington County and Alexandria a couple years ago. They are now working to get funding of an equal amount for the new NVDC in Loudon.

, August 4, 2011health-and-dental-care news
Bank of America challenged over mortgage practices

Thu, 05/12/2011 : The Charlotte Observer Bank of America chief executive Brian Moynihan faced more complaints about his bank’s handling of foreclosures at Wednesday’s annual meeting, but shareholders rejected a proposal that called for an audit committee review of the mortgage business. … The Rev. Clyde Ellis, a pastor from northern Virginia, said foreclosures have affected many from his congregation. One couple he knows has lost more than 70 percent of its income but was denied a loan modification, he said. Later, inside the annual meeting, Ellis spoke in favor of the shareholder proposal that called for an independent review of the bank’s loan modification and foreclosure processes. “You just need to come to Prince William County – you’ll see some disaster,” Ellis told Moynihan, referencing an earlier comment about the bank’s response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. “Sir, you’ve got to accept full responsibility for everything that has happened in this foreclosure situation.” The bank CEO thanked him and promised to prioritize helping the …

Thu, 05/12/2011 : The Charlotte Observer

Bank of America chief executive Brian Moynihan faced more complaints about his bank’s handling of foreclosures at Wednesday’s annual meeting, but shareholders rejected a proposal that called for an audit committee review of the mortgage business.

The Rev. Clyde Ellis, a pastor from northern Virginia, said foreclosures have affected many from his congregation. One couple he knows has lost more than 70 percent of its income but was denied a loan modification, he said. Later, inside the annual meeting, Ellis spoke in favor of the shareholder proposal that called for an independent review of the bank’s loan modification and foreclosure processes. “You just need to come to Prince William County – you’ll see some disaster,” Ellis told Moynihan, referencing an earlier comment about the bank’s response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. “Sir, you’ve got to accept full responsibility for everything that has happened in this foreclosure situation.”
The bank CEO thanked him and promised to prioritize helping the county.

, May 12, 2011foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
As N.Va. neighbors show, housing mess isn’t limited to the irresponsible

Mon, 04/11/2011 : Washington Post The nation’s lingering housing foreclosure mess is too often about folks with McMansion-size aspirations and duplex paychecks, granite counter appetites and laminate budgets. And when we hear that one of the nation’s hot spots for foreclosures is Prince William County, we nod knowingly, thinking of the vast tracts of huge new homes and the dreamers who drowned in …

Mon, 04/11/2011 : Washington Post

The nation’s lingering housing foreclosure mess is too often about folks with McMansion-size aspirations and duplex paychecks, granite counter appetites and laminate budgets.

And when we hear that one of the nation’s hot spots for foreclosures is Prince William County, we nod knowingly, thinking of the vast tracts of huge new homes and the dreamers who drowned in them.

, April 11, 2011foreclosure-crisis-accountability news
Lafayette Apartments Residents Voice Health, Safety Concerns

Wed, 12/22/2010 : Mount Vernon Voice 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 …

Wed, 12/22/2010 : Mount Vernon Voice

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.

, December 22, 2010news-housing news
Lafayette Apartments Residents Voice Health, Safety Concerns

Wed, 12/22/2010 : Mount Vernon Voice 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 …

Wed, 12/22/2010 : Mount Vernon Voice

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.

, December 22, 2010health-and-dental-care news
Editorial – Public housing residents provide seminar in activism

Thu, 09/30/2010 : Alexandria Times 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 …

Thu, 09/30/2010 : Alexandria Times

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.

, September 30, 2010news-housing news
Public housing authority meets demands of relocated residents

Thu, 09/30/2010 : Alexandria Times 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 …

Thu, 09/30/2010 : Alexandria Times

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.

, September 30, 2010news-housing news
Uninsured Virginians may lose free dental care

Tue, 07/06/2010 : Washington Post Advocates for uninsured Virginians say slow action from state and federal officials means that thousands of residents who could have received free dental care this summer will go unserved unless Congress …

Tue, 07/06/2010 : Washington Post

Advocates for uninsured Virginians say slow action from state and federal officials means that thousands of residents who could have received free dental care this summer will go unserved unless Congress intervenes.

, July 6, 2010health-and-dental-care news
Alexandria Housing Redevelopment Sparks Concerns for Residents

Mon, 05/03/2010 : WRC (NBC) TV 4 Residents and a community group have serious concerns about being moved during the redevelopment of the James Bland public housing development in Alexandria, …

Mon, 05/03/2010 : WRC (NBC) TV 4

Residents and a community group have serious concerns about being moved during the redevelopment of the James Bland public housing development in Alexandria, Va.

, April 30, 2010news-housing news
Church Opens Doors to Undocumented Students

Thu, 04/29/2010 : Mount Vernon Gazette Rising Hope UMC and VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) co-sponsored what was billed as a solidarity call for action on Sunday, April 25, to help immigrant youth in particular and immigrants in general. The focus of the gathering was to urge enactment of the pending federal legislation known as the DREAM Act that would provide a way for undocumented individuals to become legal …

Thu, 04/29/2010 : Mount Vernon Gazette

Rising Hope UMC and VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) co-sponsored what was billed as a solidarity call for action on Sunday, April 25, to help immigrant youth in particular and immigrants in general.

The focus of the gathering was to urge enactment of the pending federal legislation known as the DREAM Act that would provide a way for undocumented individuals to become legal residents.

, April 29, 2010immigrant-rights news
City Council Promises Fair Treatment For Public Housing Tenants

Fri, 04/09/2010 : WAMU 88.5 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 …

Fri, 04/09/2010 : WAMU 88.5

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.

, April 9, 2010news-housing news
Public Housing Tenants Push For Forced-Move Reimbursements

Fri, 04/09/2010 : WAMU 88.5 Some public housing residents in Alexandria who were forced to move say the city owes them money for the cost of relocating. Sharlene Walker lived alone at the James Bland homes in a two-bedroom apartment. Because she had extra space, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority pegged her as one of the tenants who should down size, or right size as the authority calls it. Walker says she thought she was going to be part of one of the later groups being relocated. She assumed she had at least two years left in her …

Fri, 04/09/2010 : WAMU 88.5

Some public housing residents in Alexandria who were forced to move say the city owes them money for the cost of relocating.

Sharlene Walker lived alone at the James Bland homes in a two-bedroom apartment. Because she had extra space, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority pegged her as one of the tenants who should down size, or right size as the authority calls it. Walker says she thought she was going to be part of one of the later groups being relocated. She assumed she had at least two years left in her space.

, April 9, 2010news-housing news
Can’t live here

Thu, 04/01/2010 : Alexandria Times Speaking in front of her neighbors at the Providence St. John’s Baptist Church that stands humbly in the James Bland neighborhood, public housing resident Barbara Crowder identified herself with a government-issued label “I’m phase three” before giving her …

Thu, 04/01/2010 : Alexandria Times

Speaking in front of her neighbors at the Providence St. John’s Baptist Church that stands humbly in the James Bland neighborhood, public housing resident Barbara Crowder identified herself with a government-issued label “I’m phase three” before giving her name.

, April 1, 2010news-housing news
Interfaith Group Rallies in Richmond

Thu, 03/11/2010 : Arlington Connection More than 200 individuals from VOICE — Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement — traveled to Richmond on Tuesday, March 2, to urge the budget conferees to adopt the Senate’s bi-partisan budget that restores and protects the dental health safety …

Thu, 03/11/2010 : Arlington Connection

More than 200 individuals from VOICE — Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement — traveled to Richmond on Tuesday, March 2, to urge the budget conferees to adopt the Senate’s bi-partisan budget that restores and protects the dental health safety net.

, March 10, 2010health-and-dental-care news
Not Home for the holidays

Mon, 12/21/2009 : Washington Post 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 …

Mon, 12/21/2009 : Washington Post

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.

, December 21, 2009news-housing news
Delays in Muslims’ Cases Spur Interfaith Call to Action

Fri, 09/04/2009 : New York Times Early one morning last June, fully two hours before his appointment, Mustafa Salih arrived at a federal office here in the Washington suburbs. He wore the new suit he had bought for the occasion. A friend, accompanying him, carried a camera to record the event. Mr. Salih had not slept the previous …

Fri, 09/04/2009 : New York Times

Early one morning last June, fully two hours before his appointment, Mustafa Salih arrived at a federal office here in the Washington suburbs. He wore the new suit he had bought for the occasion. A friend, accompanying him, carried a camera to record the event. Mr. Salih had not slept the previous night.

, September 4, 2009backlog news
Delays in Muslim’s Cases Spur Interfaith Call to Action

Fri, 09/04/2009 : New York Times Early one morning last June, fully two hours before his appointment, Mustafa Salih arrived at a federal office here in the Washington suburbs. He wore the new suit he had bought for the occasion. A friend, accompanying him, carried a camera to record the event. Mr. Salih had not slept the previous …

Fri, 09/04/2009 : New York Times

Early one morning last June, fully two hours before his appointment, Mustafa Salih arrived at a federal office here in the Washington suburbs. He wore the new suit he had bought for the occasion. A friend, accompanying him, carried a camera to record the event. Mr. Salih had not slept the previous night.

, September 4, 2009immigrant-rights news
North Hill Project Lingers

Thu, 08/06/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette A quarter-century has passed since the plot of land known as North Hill was purchased by Fairfax County for the development of low income housing. Since that time, recessions have come and gone. A giant housing bubble swelled to capacity and burst. Arguments have emerged to preserve the entire site as green-space. Counter-arguments have been made to use the entire 33-acre site for affordable …

Thu, 08/06/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette

A quarter-century has passed since the plot of land known as North Hill was purchased by Fairfax County for the development of low income housing. Since that time, recessions have come and gone. A giant housing bubble swelled to capacity and burst. Arguments have emerged to preserve the entire site as green-space. Counter-arguments have been made to use the entire 33-acre site for affordable housing.

, August 6, 2009news-housing news
Rattling State’s Cash Jar

Thu, 07/23/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette 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 …

Thu, 07/23/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette

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.

, July 23, 2009backlog news
Rattling State’s Cash Jar

Thu, 07/23/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette 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 …

Thu, 07/23/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette

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.

, July 23, 2009news-housing news
Rattling State’s Cash Jar

Thu, 07/23/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette 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 …

Thu, 07/23/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette

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.

, July 23, 2009health-and-dental-care news
Shelter That Fairfax Can’t Afford to Deny

Sun, 04/05/2009 : Washington Post Since the economic downturn began, requests for food, clothing and rental assistance have skyrocketed in each of our communities of faith throughout Northern Virginia. Multiply that by the 40 congregations in V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) and you’ll understand why we and other leaders of this broad cross-section of the religious community are urging our elected leaders in Fairfax County to preserve programs for our most …

Sun, 04/05/2009 : Washington Post

Since the economic downturn began, requests for food, clothing and rental assistance have skyrocketed in each of our communities of faith throughout Northern Virginia. Multiply that by the 40 congregations in V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) and you’ll understand why we and other leaders of this broad cross-section of the religious community are urging our elected leaders in Fairfax County to preserve programs for our most vulnerable.

, April 5, 2009news-housing news
Cost of Social Conscience

Sun, 03/01/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette Margaret Davis recently had surgery. She has no job, no place to live, and without the support of her church she would have little hope. Recently someone told her that she didn’t look like a homeless person, and it made her mad. “I am homeless and I’m not too ashamed to say it,” Davis said. As Fairfax County grapples with a projected $650 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, Davis said it was important to continue to fund programs that offer affordable housing and other services to the county’s low-income …

Sun, 03/01/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette

Margaret Davis recently had surgery. She has no job, no place to live, and without the support of her church she would have little hope. Recently someone told her that she didn’t look like a homeless person, and it made her mad.

“I am homeless and I’m not too ashamed to say it,” Davis said. As Fairfax County grapples with a projected $650 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, Davis said it was important to continue to fund programs that offer affordable housing and other services to the county’s low-income residents.

, March 12, 2009news-housing news
Cost of Social Conscience

Sun, 03/01/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette Margaret Davis recently had surgery. She has no job, no place to live, and without the support of her church she would have little hope. Recently someone told her that she didn’t look like a homeless person, and it made her mad. “I am homeless and I’m not too ashamed to say it,” Davis said. As Fairfax County grapples with a projected $650 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, Davis said it was important to continue to fund programs that offer affordable housing and other services to the county’s low-income …

Sun, 03/01/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette

Margaret Davis recently had surgery. She has no job, no place to live, and without the support of her church she would have little hope. Recently someone told her that she didn’t look like a homeless person, and it made her mad.

“I am homeless and I’m not too ashamed to say it,” Davis said. As Fairfax County grapples with a projected $650 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, Davis said it was important to continue to fund programs that offer affordable housing and other services to the county’s low-income residents.

, March 12, 2009health-and-dental-care news
Cost of Social Conscience

Sun, 03/01/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette Margaret Davis recently had surgery. She has no job, no place to live, and without the support of her church she would have little hope. Recently someone told her that she didn’t look like a homeless person, and it made her mad. “I am homeless and I’m not too ashamed to say it,” Davis said. As Fairfax County grapples with a projected $650 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, Davis said it was important to continue to fund programs that offer affordable housing and other services to the county’s low-income …

Sun, 03/01/2009 : Mount Vernon Gazette

Margaret Davis recently had surgery. She has no job, no place to live, and without the support of her church she would have little hope. Recently someone told her that she didn’t look like a homeless person, and it made her mad.

“I am homeless and I’m not too ashamed to say it,” Davis said. As Fairfax County grapples with a projected $650 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, Davis said it was important to continue to fund programs that offer affordable housing and other services to the county’s low-income residents.

, March 1, 2009immigrant-rights news
Favola Makes Budget Commitments

Tue, 02/03/2009 : Arlington Connection Despite declining revenues that are forcing officials to consider budget cuts for the first time in years, County Board Chair Barbara Favola (D) said this weekend that she would not support scaling back Arlington’s affordable housing …

Tue, 02/03/2009 : Arlington Connection

Despite declining revenues that are forcing officials to consider budget cuts for the first time in years, County Board Chair Barbara Favola (D) said this weekend that she would not support scaling back Arlington’s affordable housing programs.

, February 10, 2009news-housing news
Favola Faces Interfaith Group

Tue, 02/03/2009 : Arlington Connection Despite declining revenues that are forcing officials to consider budget cuts for the first time in years, County Board Chair Barbara Favola (D) said this weekend that she would not support scaling back Arlington’s affordable housing …

Tue, 02/03/2009 : Arlington Connection

Despite declining revenues that are forcing officials to consider budget cuts for the first time in years, County Board Chair Barbara Favola (D) said this weekend that she would not support scaling back Arlington’s affordable housing programs.

, February 4, 2009health-and-dental-care news