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Housing Virginia E-News
August, 2010
 

Letter from Sylvia Hallock,

Habitat for Humanity                          SylviaHallock

Dear Friends in Housing,

One of the things I find most valuable about Housing Virginia is the range of knowledge and perspective represented on the Board of directors.  Those of us who work with not-for-profit agencies benefit greatly from listening and learning from those board members in the for-profit world.  Many of our corporate board members are surprised to learn how complex non-profit issues are and how business-like we must be in order to successfully fulfill our missions.  But, in the end we all agree that affordable housing, linked to available public transportation and jobs, is key to the economic well-being of our communities and our commonwealth.  

Habitat Virginia and Housing Virginia share the mission to correct the widespread misconception that affordable housing lowers values in the communities in which Habitat and other responsible non-profits build.  The truth is that Habitat builds attractive homes that blend into the best of neighborhood styles, sell our homes at appraised values, and often serve as the catalyst for for-profit builders to come into marginal neighborhoods, thereby raising market values throughout.  Many of our affiliates partner with local developers to build mixed-income communities.

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Submissions Wanted: "Connecting Your Message" Awards
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Virginia's affordable housing organizations are invited to show off their creative side by participating in the "Connecting Your Message" Awards.  Sponsored by Housing Virginia and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), the "Connecting Your Message" Awards will spotlight the effective use of traditional and emerging forms of communication to deliver the housing affordability message.  Entries might include a cooperative, regional advertising campaign, a strong public relations effort that targeted decision makers, or even a creative invitation to an affordable housing event that increased event attendance.
 
A $1000 award will be made in each of the following categories:
    Free Media:  entries might include stories appearing in print media, op-ed pieces, and TV or radio coverage
    Paid Media:  entries might include print, broadcast, outdoor,  internet and other types of advertising, as well as creative promotional materials
    Social Media:  entries might include innovative website enhancements and the creative use of networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

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"Transit Oriented" Development is Showcased in Northern Virginia
VB Roundtable Previews HAI

Mixed Income Housing Near Transit was co-authored by Reconnecting America's Center for Transit-Oriented Development, The Center for Neighborhood Technology and Strategic Economics through a grant from the Federal Transit Administration to develop a series of manuals that explains the theory and best practices of transit-oriented development.
 
 Northern Virginia has some examples of successful mixed income development near transit - the Rosslyn/Ballston corridor in Arlington for one - and other areas of the region are following suit. In Fairfax County, the newly adopted redevelopment plan for the four metro stations at Tysons requires that 20 percent of all residential development serve households between 50 and 120 percent of Area Median Income (AMI). All non-residential development in Tysons will make a contribution of $3 per square foot to a housing fund to be used to support affordable and workforce housing opportunities in Tysons. This policy seeks to address the jobs/housing imbalance that exists currently at Tysons which has 13 jobs for every 1 resident.
 
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Housing Virginia Board Reviews Grant Requests Totaling $25,000

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The Housing Virginia Board at its July 19th meeting approved five letters-of intent for educational programs from across the Commonwealth totaling $25,000 from non-profit organizations. The purpose of the educational grants is to support regional or local housing groups to stimulate discussion among stakeholders on the importance of affordable housing, help build capacity of these local groups and build stronger ties between local stakeholders and Housing Virginia. These approved organizations will now submit full applications for consideration for funding at the HV Board meeting on September 20th.

Here is a summary of the five proposals received:

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Coming Attraction: Regional Symposia on "Housing, Jobs and Transportation"
VB Roundtable Previews HAI

Later this year, Housing Virginia will launch Jobs, Transportation and Housing: Connecting Home and Work. These symposia are intended to stimulate, inform and advance local dialogue on the issue of affordable housing for the purpose of community education and the development of policies that will support and encourage affordable housing. The format of the meetings will be similar to a town hall / forum.
 
The topic will be introduced with the presentation of a "white paper" on the topic and there will be a panel of community leaders who will respond to issue and discuss local implications. The panel will include political, planning, business and development leaders. A facilitated conversation will then engage the presenter, the panelists and the audience.

Events will be held at up to four sites in the State and will be conducted in collaboration with some of HV's local and regional partners.







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In This Issue
Submissions Wanted: "Connecting Your Message" Awards
"Transit-Oriented" Development is Showcased in Northern Virginia
Housing Virginia Board Reviews Grant Requests Totaling $25,000
Coming Attraction: Regional Symposia on "Housing, Jobs and Transportation"
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Calendar

HOME Training to Combat Loan Modification Scams - August 26th, 2010

Summit of Family and Youth Homelessness - October 21st, 2010

Governor's Housing Conference - November 17th-19th, 2010

VAHCDO Legal Seminar - December 2nd-3rd, 2010

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