Housing Virginia Newsletter
April / May 2015
SOURCEBOOK's New Look: Interactive Graphs and Maps Added to Enhance Your Experience


Housing Virginia's most widely-used tool, SOURCEBOOK, has been updated with a new look thanks to our research partners at the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech.


Along with an update to the data that brings the tool to 2015 Q1 ready in early June, each page features newly designed interactive graphs and maps to enhance user-friendliness and navigation. 

Visit SOURCEBOOK today and try them out for yourself!


VHC Annual Awards Luncheon Awardees Announced

2014 VHC Annual Luncheon

The Virginia Housing Coalition has announced the 2015 Game Change Award Winners, the Top 40 Network inductees, and the Hall of Fame inductees. 

The award winners are all leaders in the affordable housing industry and are being honored for their outstanding contributions to the field. 

Winners will be formally recognized at the Virginia Housing Coalition's Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 18th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.


The 2015 Award Winners are:

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Interested in sponsoring a table?Click here for more informationIndividual registration will open shortly. Keep an eye out at the VHC website!

Shirley Franklin Confirmed for Housing Virginia's June Housing & Schools Symposium


Housing Virginia's second annual Housing & Schools Symposium is scheduled for Friday, June 19th at VCU. This year we are pleased to announce that Shirley Franklin, former Atlanta mayor and current CEO of Purpose Built Communities, will be speaking at the event.


Franklin was elected the first African-American female mayor of a major southern city in 2001, and she served the maximum two terms in office until 2009. During that time, she was known for her collaborative approach to solving tough urban problems and to enlisting a broad range of support from Atlanta residents, regional business and civic leaders, building on her experience as a Cabinet official in the administrations of Mayors Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young.


Registration is now open! Click here to register for the event!
New HV Research Brief: A Summary of Energy Efficiency in LIHTC Apartments in Virginia   


Housing Virginia has published a new, easy-to-understand research brief that summarizes our energy efficiency in LIHTC apartments study from earlier this year. The study, which received a considerable amount of industry interest and media coverage, was produced by the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech and showed that residents saved an average of $648 a year on energy bills thanks to energy efficient design and features.


This research brief is the first in "Housing Virginia Insights", a series that will present our research and tools in a new easy to share format.

You can read more about the full energy study hereor you can download the new research brief here. 

Wrap-Up of Affordable Housing Awareness Week 2015  

Each year, residents from across the Richmond region look forward Affordable Housing Awareness Week, when more than 500 volunteers put on t-shirts instead of office clothes to participate in a volunteer-driven event that makes a difference for hundreds of members of our community. 

Participants in this spring tradition include the local businesses whose employees volunteer at work sites, the nonprofits that are building and repairing homes, and most importantly, our neighbors in need who often work side by side with volunteers.  Our Housing Virginia team brought our modest talents to help with scraping, painting, landscaping and railing construction.

This year, the Partnership for Housing Affordability launched AHAW with the release of their long-awaited "Housing the Richmond Region Report", which is a part of a Regional Housing Plan to assess the needs and solutions for affordable housing in the Richmond Region. You can read the whole report and see related materials here

HV Board Vice-Chair Laura Lafayette Appointed to Governor's Housing Policy Advisory Council

Along with her Roanoke area peer, Mary Dykstra, Richmond Association of REALTORS® CEO and Housing Virginia Board Vice-Chair Laura Lafayette was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on the new Virginia Housing Policy Advisory Council

The Council's mission is to share their collective expertise and dedication to develop policies that are able to address Virginia's critical housing needs, which will in turn aid in the economic development of the Commonwealth.


The Council consists of 18 professionals from all over the Commonwealth who work in public and private sectors of economic development and housing. Lafayette's involvement with countless affordable housing organizations statewide position her to offer valuable insight to this council, which will explore urban and revitalization issues, the housing needs of seniors and people with disabilities, and homelessness. 

VHC/VCEH Merger Talks Continue to Move Forward    

The Virginia Housing Coalition (VHC & VHCIS) and the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH) held a joint board meeting on April 23, 2015 to continue the discussion of the potential merger of the organizations.  

This historic meeting was the first time that the Boards of Directors from these 30 year old organizations had ever met together. It provided an opportunity for members from both boards to receive an update from the Merger Study Committee about the possibility of joining forces and becoming one organization.

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Better Housing Coalition Celebrates 25th Anniversary with TransformRVA and Golden Hammer Awards
To commemorate the Better Housing Coalition's 25th Anniversary and inspire community partners to work together for the Greater-Richmond region's advancement, BHC held "TransformRVA: A Day of Celebration, Education, Transformation" on Thursday, May 21st in Richmond.


TransformRVA brought together diverse, intelligent and passionate neighbors to be educated, stimulated and inspired during a day of idea exchanges and community dialogues to help ensure that all individuals and communities in our region reach their fullest potential to prosper.


BHC presented five Golden Hammer Awards out of 23 nominees this year. Over 1,800 people voted for their favorite community development project in a new "People's Choice Award" as well. See who was recognized below!

Save the Date: VA Governor's Housing Conference Early Bird Registration Open

Mark your calendar for the 2015 Virginia Governor's Housing Conference on Nov. 18-20 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.


Join DHCD for a multitude of educational concurrent and snap sessions, a variety of thought-provoking plenary sessions led by experts in housing, finance and community development, and several networking opportunities at the commonwealth's largest housing event. This year's theme is "Driving the New Virginia Economy".


Housing Virginia will be hosting four sessions this year. We will have two snap sessions: one will be on creating impactful infographics and the other will be about calculating the economic impact of a development project using our economic impact calculators. Additionally, we will be hosting two concurrent sessions: one explores new strategies for energy conservation in multifamily properties and the other will center around the connection between housing and schools.


Stay tuned for more details on these sessions, including speakers, summaries, and finalized titles!


Register here - the early bird rate ends on June 30th! 

In This Issue

NCSHA 2015 Housing Credit Connect

June 1-4 in Los Angeles, CA

Across more than 30 sessions, in the elite Marketplace, and at several networking events, the heavy hitters of the Housing Credit industry and their agency partners will deliver the latest news on how to make the Housing Credit work in these unprecedented times.
Click here to register

AHF Live: Housing Developers Forum
June 10-12 in Arlington, VA
At AHF Live: Housing Developers Forum, developers and owners will huddle with legislators and housing finance officials to provide solutions on how to best navigate that intersection of government and affordable housing to serve more Americans.
Click here to register

HV Housing & Schools Symposium

June 19, 2015 in Richmond, VA

Join us for our second symposium on the connection between housing & schools. Last year, over 200 housers and educators met at VCU to create cross-industry dialogue. 

Click here to register

VHC 2015 Housing Credit Conference

October 8-9, 2015 in Richmond, VA

Mark your calendars for the third annual VHC Housing Credit Conference! Tax Credit professionals from around the state gather to network and learn more about housing credit programs.

Learn more about the conference here

VA Governor's Housing Conference

Nov 18-20 in Hampton, VA
Save the date for the 2015 VA GHC. Join us for a multitude of educational concurrent and snap sessions, a variety of thought-provoking plenary sessions led by experts in housing, finance and community development, and several networking opportunities at the commonwealth's largest housing event.
Click here to register 


Video of the Week Digest: March / April 2015

Did you miss any of our Videos of the Week this month? Check here to see all the videos we've shared.




David Belde (Mission Services at Bon Secours Health Systemexplains why housing stability at the family level helps build community.


Dave Norris (Formerly Mayor of Charlottesville) talks about a Virginia Supportive Housing project he initiated which has not only provided homes for the homeless, it has also saved the city government money and resources.


Who Needs Affordable Housing? is the second installment of HV's short animated video series about affordable housing.


Adrienne Gooslby (Formerly of Richmond RHAdiscusses the development of the Highland Grove community in Richmond. The plan includes creating a magnet elementary school focusing on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).




Dee Kitterman (Central VA Housing Coalitiondiscusses the value of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and shares the story of a couple who recently benefited from it.


Fronce Wardlaw (Project FAITHtalks about a family that is benefiting from the Angelwood affordable housing community in King George, Virginia.


Greta Harris (Better Housing Coalitionshares her success stories surrounding BHC's ongoing revitalization efforts in Richmond's Church Hill neighborhood.


Ressurrection Graves (Glory Soldiers Globalshares her story of being a homeless single mother when she met her husband, a homeless veteran, and how they turned their lives around together.


Don't miss a single video - you can find them all on the Housing Virginia Facebook page!


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