Housing Virginia E-News
April  2010

Letter from the Chair

Dear Stakeholder,

You are reading this first issue of Housing Virginia's e-newsletter---   because you are a key stakeholder.  Whether a housing provider, policy maker, homebuilder, advocate or REALTOR, you believe that affordable housing matters, and at Housing Virginia so do we.  

Affordable housing is critical to healthy community living: a young family trying to buy their first home,   service workers wanting to live near where they work or renters needing quality choices.

Through Housing Virginia website resources, technical assistance, forums, research and timely information, we want to stay in touch and support your work in building partnerships, talking to decision makers and educating the public.  

Join our mailing list today to stay in touch and connect to information important to your region.  I encourage you to visit our website at www.housingvirginia.org and find out why affordable housing starts here.



Kit Hale

Board Chair, Housing Virginia




Housing Virginia  Offers Housing Education Grants 

Housing Virginia is accepting letters of intent for awards under its Housing Education Partnership Program.  The application is a simple two page request and can be found on the HV website.  The purpose of the program is threefold:

          To support activities of local partners that educate community leaders and promote the importance of affordable housing in Virginia.

          To help build the capacity of local groups and coalitions to work for the advancement of affordable housing in their communities

          To build relationships between Housing Virginia and local groups that share a common mission.


Eligibility for the program is restricted to local and regional non-profit coalitions that are working to encourage the enhancement and expansion of affordable housing opportunity in their region.

Housing Affordability Index and Sourcebook for Virginia Coming


The Housing Affordability Index (HAI) and Sourcebook providing a variety of measures of housing affordability for localities, regions and state will soon be available at the Housing Virginia website. The HAI indices measures the relationships between both buyers' and renters' household incomes and

housing costs.


This is the first set of housing indices in the nation to consider both buyer and renter affordability on a statewide basis, regionally and locally.


The overall HAI reflects the percentage of the typical household's income that is

necessary to afford the typical home.




In This Issue
Housing Virginia Offers Housing Education Grants
Housing Affordability Index and Sourcebook for Virginia Coming Soon

Join our e-news list today and stay in touch with information and opportunity for creating a more positive affordable housing environment.

Upcoming Events 

April 15   Virginia Beach Workforce Housing Roundtable - Breakfast Meeting - "Affordable Housing in Turbulent Times"

April 18-24              Affordable Housing Awareness Week / Metro- Richmond

May 12    Coalition for Housing Opportunity Event/ Charlottesville

May 13    Virginia Beach Workforce Housing Roundtable - Bus Tour to Charlottesville

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