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February 2013
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Are Virginians Approaching the "On Ramp" to Transportation Funding?

*Editor's Note: Stay tuned for final outcomes from General Assembly actions on Monday!

Long awaited increased funding for transportation may soon be a reality if the House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia can reach a compromise on competing transportation bills adopted by each chamber. The House of Delegates and the Senate have now both passed House Bill 2312 but in vastly different forms.

Medicaid Expansion Decision May Affect 400,000 Virginians


*Editor's Note: Stay tuned for final outcomes from General Assembly actions on Monday!


Affordable housing practitioners and advocates have long understood the connections between health and housing.   The availability of affordable health care often affects the same people who have challenges obtaining affordable quality housing.   Therefore, the elements of the upcoming Affordable Care Act and particularly Medicaid Expansion have held interest for housing professionals for some time and has been a primary focus during this General Assembly.


During this session of the General Assembly, legislators have wrestled with the topic of Medicaid Expansion, with the House and Senate taking different approaches.

Virginia to Receive $3.5 Million in "Robo-signing" Settlement 

In a recent letter to the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced that Virginia had signed onto a settlement with Lender Processing Services, Inc., awarding $3.55 million to Virginia available for use in the General Fund on July 1, 2013. 

Partnership for Housing Affordability Sponsors Smart Growth for the 21st Century

The Partnership for Housing Affordability in Richmond recently sponsored Smart Growth for the 21st Century, hosted at the Richmond Association of REALTORS® with Housing Virginia. More than 90 realtors and other stakeholders attended the afternoon program, which featured Nathan Norris of Place Makers.


HOUSING 2020 Launches at VAR's Legislative Advocacy Conference
Earlier this month, Bob Adams from Housing Virginia addressed over 100 realtors from across Virginia as he presented, HOUSING 2020: What is shaping the Future of Housing in Virginia?  HOUSING 2020 is a comprehensive, multi-media analysis of trends that will determine the future of affordable housing in Virginia. It examines the key trend that are driving change using experts in four issue areas.

FHLB's 2013 Affordable Housing Program

FHLBank Atlanta has announced the availability of up to $500,000 per awarded project for the 2013 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Competitive offering. The funds can be used to assist in the acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of affordable rental or owner-occupied housing. Applications for the 2013 offering will be available beginning March 11, 2013, with a submission deadline of April 8, 2013. The final decision and notice of the awarded projects will be made in late July 2013, which means your project could be funded as early as September 2013!


DHCD to Convene 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan Input Sessions
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community (DHCD) will hold five input sessions throughout the commonwealth to solicit input from DHCD's partners and the general public for the 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan.  


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Medicaid Expansion Decision May Affect 400,000 Virginians
Virginia to Receive $3.5 MIllion in "Robo-signing" Settlement
Partnership Sponsors Smart Growth for the 21st Century
HOUSING 2020 Launches at VAR's Legislative Advocacy Conference
FHLB's 2013 Affordable Housing Program
DHCD to Convene 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan Input Sessions



Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission Releases Recommendations

February 25, 2013

11:00am to 12:15pm

Newseum (Knight Conference Center - 7th Floor) 


Micro Business Lending: Landscape for the New Economy   

February 25-26, 2013

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


Virginia Housing Coalition Social Media Training 

February 26, 2013 

10:00am to 4:00pm, lunch included!


Do you get lost when people start talking about Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs?  These things don't have to be time vacuums! Learn how to use social media effectively to engage your constituents in your good work.  This class is designed for individuals and organizations new to social media or for those who have a Facebook page, but haven't touched it since they created it.  

Click here to register!    


March 15, 2013  

Deadline for applications to receive designation as a Virginia Main Street Community. 


HOUSING A to Z: From Homelessness to Homeownership

Roanoke Regional Housing NetworkSave the date: May 2, 2013

Click here for more information!  


May 3, 2013

Due date for proposals to present 90-minute workshops at the Virginia Statewide Neighborhoods 

Conference to be held in Virginia Beach in September. Email brittany.bailey@norfolk.gov.


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