Housing Virginia

Housing Virginia Newsletter
August 2013
Obama Focuses on the Future of Housing  
A Better Bargain for the Middle Class: A Home to Call Your Own

On August 6th, President Obama addressed a Phoenix, Arizona crowd on the subject of restoring security to homeownership in America. In his address, the President spoke of homeownership as one of the key financial entry points and bedrocks to the middle class.  He emphasized that preserving access to the 30-year fixed mortgage is critical to keeping this avenue for financial mobility open. 
Housing StoryWorks: A Video Project of Virginia Voices    
How has affordable housing changed a life, a family or a community?
Housing Virginia's Housing StoryWorks initiative will explore stories that demonstrate how housing makes a difference. Come share YOUR story by taping a 3-5 minute video segment while at the Governor's Housing Conference. Slots are open to participants, but make an appointment now to ensure that a space will be available. Go to www.housingvirginia.org and click on Housing StoryWorks. This initiative is part of Housing Virginia's Creating Whole Communities project that will be released in 2014.   



VHC Housing Credit Conference Rolls out TC101 
As part of the Virginia Housing Credit Conference, VHC is bringing a special track for housing professionals that are new to the housing tax credit world. Lead by an experienced, energized team of successful experts, this track will take participants through a step by step primer on tax credits. At the same time, participants will meet and network with others who are new to the housing credit program in Virginia.     
Subsidized Housing and Crime - Perception Doesn't Add Up
In a recent article by Emily Badger in The Atlantic Cities, the myth that subsidized  housing promotes crime is examined and debunked.  According to her article entitled "Moving Poor People Into a Neighborhood Doesn't Cause Crime", Badger reports that "A growing stack of research now supports ... that housing vouchers do not in fact lead to crime. "  Read the full article by searching the key words "housing voucher" or clicking on public attitude in the tag cloud under the Research tab at www.housingvirginia.org

2030 Workforce Housing Needs Projections Slated for Hampton Roads and Roanoke
Two years ago, the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University conducted its first report projecting workforce housing needs for the Washington metropolitan area for 2030.  Last year, a similar report was prepared for the Richmond region, and delivered to a standing room only crowd of 300 interested attendees from the public and private sectors.  Now, Housing Virginia is partnering with local organizations and funders in the Hampton Roads and Roanoke regions to prepare similar reports for those areas. 

"Pathways to Partnership" Housing Event Builds Capacity in Hampton Roads
How do housing organizations survive lean financial times? 

How can agencies continue to successfully address homelessness, affordable rental, and first time homebuyer opportunities? 

These questions were addressed recently at the Hampton Roads Housing Consortium's: "Pathways to Partnership". The event was held on July 11th at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Over 80 participants, representing approximately 55 different organizations participated in a day-long event designed to provide a discussion forum for professionals from public, private and non-profit organizations as well as others interested in expanding housing opportunities for low and moderate income households.

2013 Governor's Housing Conference Announces Keynote Presenters
Each year a highlight of the Governor's Housing Conference is the Virginia Housing Awards, which recognizes innovative, effective efforts that address our housing needs  Award categories include Best Affordable Housing Development, Best Housing Program or Service, Best Housing Preservation/Revitalization Effort, Best Affordable Housing Energy Conservation Effort,  and Mixed-Use or Mixed-Income Housing Development   All awards are presented at the conference during the Virginia Housing Awards Luncheon and nominations are due by September 20.

In This Issue

VHC Housing Tax Credit Conference

Sept 4th - 5th

The Westin Richmond

The Virginia Housing Coalition will present a Housing Tax Credit Conference on September 4 - 5 in Richmond. This will be the first such conference here in Virginia. It will give tax credit professionals the opportunity to network with one another while learning new information about the LIHTC program that can help them to build stronger proposals and projects. 

Click here to register.   


VAR REal Show 2013

Oct 4th - 5th

VA Beach Convention Center

The Real Show is Virginia's largest real estate education & networking event.

Click here to register 


Hampton Roads Housing Consortium 7th Annual Housing Awards 

Oct 10th 

The Hampton Roads Housing Consortium is accepting nominations for the Seventh Annual Housing Awards to be presented on October 10, 2013. This program will be held at the Chesapeake Conference Center, 900 Greenbrier Circle, Chesapeake, VA 23320. 

Click here for the nomination form and more info 


Governor's Housing Conference

Nov 20th - 22nd

Norfolk Waterside Marriott

The 2013 Governor's
Housing Conference is
focused on building strong economies through housing and community development. Explore how to prepare for  
tomorrow's opportunities, tackle today's challenges,
and build strong neighborhoods and communities for the next decade. 


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