Housing Virginia

Housing Virginia Newsletter
October 2013
VCU Trends Conference Speaker Cites Housing Affordability as "Critical" to Richmond Regional Growth    

Joel Kotkin, an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends, was the closing presenter at the VCU Real Estate Trends Conference held on October 8.  Mr. Kotkin outlined a series of demographic trends that are having a major impact on urban development and the housing market in this decade.  In particular, he talked about population shifts that are occurring and described an opportunity that mid-sized cities like Richmond have in attracting younger, highly educated households that are very important to economic growth.
Sign Up Today!  Housing StoryWorks:
A Video Project of Housing Virginia        
Housing Virginia's Housing StoryWorks initiative will explore stories that demonstrate how affordable housing makes a difference in our State, our communities, and our families. Come share YOUR story by taping a 3-5 minute video segment while at the Governor's Housing Conference, November 20th - 22nd in Norfolk, Virginia. Make an appointment today to ensure that a space will be available for your story. Go to www.housingvirginia.org and click on
Kit Hale Elected Chair of VHDA Board 
Kit Hale, Chair of Housing Virginia, was recently elected Chair of the Virginia Housing Development Authority's Board of Commissioners. Hale is principal broker and managing partner of MKB REALTORS® in Roanoke, which employs approximately 130 sales associates in three offices. He was named REALTOR® of the Year in 2007 by the Virginia Association of Realtors and currently serves in a leadership role with the National Association of REALTORS®. He succeeds Yvonne Toms Allmond of Norfolk, the first woman to serve as VHDA Board Chair.
VHC Launches Campaign to Preserve the Housing Credit

As federal tax reform has built momentum in Washington over recent months, the Virginia Housing Coalition has increasingly focused on the threat to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program and other federal housing tax credit programs. With members of Congress expected to introduce tax reform bills in both chambers this Fall, the Virginia Housing Coalition has launched a statewide campaign to preserve and strengthen the Housing Credit.
To find out more on VHC's Campaign to protect the housing tax credit, visit their advocacy page or their Housing Credit Campaign page.

SOURCEBOOK New Feature: Calculate Affordability
With the addition of SOURCEBOOK's latest feature, Housing Affordability Calculator,  individuals can now find the maximum monthly rent and maximum home price for any household income and any jurisdiction.

Research Spotlight: Report Links Poor Quality Housing to Children's Emotional and Behavioral Problems
Housing quality and housing stability matter to children's well-being, according to MacArthur supported research by Boston College detailed in a How Housing Matters Policy Brief. Living in unsafe or unsanitary homes is related to greater emotional and behavioral problems among children and adolescents, and poor housing quality is also related to poorer school performance for older children. 

Read the full report by searching the key words "housing quality" or clicking on children in the tag cloud under the Research tab at www.housingvirginia.org.
Still time to Register:  2013 Virginia Governor's Housing Conference!  
There is still time to register for the 2013 Virginia Governor's Housing Conference on November 20-22 in Norfolk, Virginia. The Governor's Housing Conference is Virginia's largest and most comprehensive affordable housing event of the year.
Check the website for continuous updates about the conference and to register! For more information go to www.vagovernorshousingconference.com.
In This Issue

Virginia State Budget 101 Webinars   

Oct 24th, 29th      

The Virginia Housing Coalition and Nonprofit Virginia are co-sponsoring two Virginia State Budget 101 webinar trainings in October. The webinars feature content and analysis by The Commonwealth Institute that will demystify Virginia's State budget process.

Click here to register    


Demographics and Housing Needs Symposium 

Oct 25th

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission

This regional housing symposium, co-sponsored by Housing Virginia, based on the findings of Housing 2020 will examine population shifts, age, race, and household composition, and how these demographic changes drive housing needs.

Click here to register 


Housing 2020 Presentation

Nov 7th  

Northern Shenandoah Valley Housing & Community Services  

Based on the findings of Housing 2020, hear from Housing Virginia and a local panel of experts as they examine how housing will change by 2020 through the lenses of demographics, economics, finance, and "green" housing.  

More information on this event to come! 


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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