Housing Virginia E-News
August,  2012
Arlington County Adopts Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Area Plan
VB Roundtable Previews HAI

The Arlington County Board approved the Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Area Plan, a bold land use and housing vision plan that seeks to preserve 100 percent of existing units on the Pike that are now affordable to low-to-moderate income families while transforming the Pike into a more walkable, lively Main Street.

"This is the most ambitious set of actions the County has ever adopted for preserving affordable housing as part of an area plan. Our experience has taught us that if we do not plan for affordable housing from the outset, rising property values make maintaining our diversity in housing choices and rents very difficult," said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes.

Summer Forums Attract Robust Participation  

The hottest event in the affordable housing arena this summer has surely been the "Housing Policy Information Forums".  So far, forums have been held in Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Roanoke and have attracted over 200 participants to date. With three sessions remaining,  the forums are open to anyone with an interest in affordable housing and homelessness who wants to have a say in the future housing policies in the state. The Virginia Housing Coalition and the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness in partnership with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the Virginia Housing Development Authority have presented information and engaged with participants in key areas important to policy and funding.

Presenters have covered  outcomes from the 2012 General Assembly session,  updates on the status of the State Housing Policy Framework and the State Homelessness Plan, and a discussion and prioritization of housing issues for the 2013 General Assembly session. Read More...

Regional Network Receives Grant to Link Affordable Housing Service Providers  throughout the Greater Washington Region   


Left to Right: M. Craig Pascal, Senior Vice President, Community Development Specialist, BB&T Bank; Michelle Krocker, Executive Director, NVAHA; Heather Raspberry, Executive Director, HAND; Robert Pohlman, Executive Director, CNHED; and Jason Small, Director, Advocacy and Public Policy, United Way of the National Capital Area.

The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND), Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) and Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance (NVAHA), are thrilled to announce the receipt of United Way's Affordable Housing Initiative Grant. The grant will lead to the development and implementation of the Communications Action Network, a coordinated low-cost, high-impact communications campaign advocating for affordable housing throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.



Stay Tuned for Housing 2020   


Housing Virginia has launched a new project for 2012 that will explore the major trends that will determine the future of affordable housing in Virginia. The results will tell you what you need to know and how to get ready.  The project is titled: Housing 2020:  What is Shaping the Future of Housing in Virginia?  The project will explore four areas and identify the key trends that are driving change within each of them.

Demographics and Housing Preferences will look at population shifts, age, race, household composition and numerous other factors. Changing consumer preferences and geographic diversity will also be identified. 

Economics will describe the effects of the recession and long term economic patterns including income distribution, employment, student and consumer debt and the effects this will have on housing consumption and preferences. 

Housing Finance will look at changes that are re-shaping the structure of how we finance both multifamily and single family housing, including sources of capital, the secondary market, underwriting criteria, public sector support and other shifts.

Environmentalism and the Greening of Housing
will discuss house & community design, materials, recycling & reuse, energy & water conservation and the similar themes. 



Regional Partners Rally To Action:  Building Once Owned by Neo-Nazi in Roanoke Gets Face-lift  


Former neo-Nazi leader William A. White once owned the home in the 1600 block of Chapman Avenue Southwest where a diverse group of about 40 volunteers gathered Saturday to begin fixing up the empty house.  White's prior ownership of the rental property in Roanoke seemed of no significance to the sweating, smiling workers who swarmed the two-story, brick-veneer house built in 1920.

"We've been told that's who owned it but we really don't want to get into that," said Ed Murray, executive director of Rebuilding Together Roanoke, which now owns the property. "It's our impression that it was certainly not up to standards when he owned it, but that's history," Murray said.


In This Issue
Summer Forums Attract Robust Participation
Regional Network Receives Grant to Link Affordable Housing Service Providers throughout the Greater Washington Region
Stay Tuned for Housing 2020
Regional Partners Rally To Action: Building once owned by neo-Nazi in Roanoke gets face-lift
SOURCEBOOK Update:  New Data + New Feature

"PLAYBOOK" Is Set for November Launch
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Housing Policy and Housing Trust Fund Design Forum - Richmond -  August 15, 2012 10-12pm   


Housing Policy and Housing Trust Fund Design Forum - Fredericksburg -  August 21, 2012 10-12pm

Regional Housing Symposium: Mixed-Use Development, Housing, and the Local Economy - Charlottesville - August 28, 2012 9:30-11am

Webinar: Shifting Transitional Housing Programs to Rapid Re-Housing - September 27, 2012 10-12pm

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