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  • Thu, 03/02/2017 : WUSA9

    President Donald Trump called for the creation of a new agency in his joint address to Congress Tuesday, one that assists victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.

  • Thu, 12/01/2016 : Prince William Times

    Back in 2001, the Prince William Board of Supervisors passed a resolution declaring the county a “No-Hate Zone.”

    In the wake of a divisive national election -- and board Chairman Corey Stewart’s recent vow to “hunt down” undocumented immigrants – two groups are calling on Prince William officials to denounce such comments and reaffirm the county’s 15-year-old pledge.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • Wed, 07/15/2015 : Inside NOVA

    Editor: I’m one of the longtime homeowners in Arlington who wishes to raise his voice in support of the county’s Affordable Housing Master Plan.
    No, I am not worried that adding high-quality, subsidized rental housing for families earning between $30,000 and $50,000 a year would somehow “ruin” my neighborhood, drive up crime or dumb down our wonderful public schools, arguments that have been made by opponents of the 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 jurisdictions.

  • 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.(...)

  • 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.

  • Thu, 02/26/2015 : Fairfax Times

    A redevelopment project approved by the Fairfax City Council Tuesday brought the city’s ongoing debate about affordable housing policy to the forefront.

    ...About 70 affordable housing advocates affiliated with the organization Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) attended Tuesday’s city council meeting to support the affordable housing component of the development.

    “I think this is a city that wants to be a city for all people,” said Pastor Henry Brinton of Fairfax Presbyterian Church. “One of the threats that redevelopment brings is that this will become a city for the affluent, and that will hurt us all.”

    VOICE members said that a lack of affordable housing also increases traffic congestion and makes it more difficult for businesses to find lower-wage employees to fill vital service jobs.

  • Mon, 11/24/2014 : Fairfax County Times

    Advocates are bringing new attention to the issue of affordable housing in the city of Fairfax, prompting the City Council to review its current policies.

    The city has recently attracted several residential redevelopment projects, but members of the group Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) said they are concerned that the process will push lower-income residents out of the city.

  • Thu, 11/20/2014 : Fairfax Connection
  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • Wed, 06/18/2014 : Mount Vernon Voice

    Residents of the Audubon Mobile Home Park are united in working to make their community a better place to live.

    To that end, dozens gathered outside the mobile home park’s community center for
    a Celebration & Action meeting Monday night, organized by VOICE
    (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), to celebrate the construction of a youth athletic field that was recently opened at the park to serve about 1,500 low income children who live there.

  • Thu, 06/05/2014 : Mount Vernon Gazette

    West Potomac High School started construction on its long-awaited turf fields on Monday, June 2. When completed in August, the school will have synthetic turf on the stadium field, and on a new practice field with lights. These fields will be used for WPHS athletics as well as permitted by Fairfax County for community use.

  • 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.