Five Ways Housing Affordability Affects Local Businesses

 Five Ways Housing Affordability Affects Local Businesses

Like bridges and roads, affordable housing is an investment in a community’s infrastructure. Along with numerous social benefits, housing affordability supports diverse jobs and wage levels and also attracts and retains workers – critical to a community’s long-term economic success.

Housing Segregation: A Vestige of the Past?

The Fair Housing Act was passed fifty years ago, yet America’s neighborhoods remain deeply segregated along racial lines. Author Richard Rothstein argues that this divide is the direct result of government policies, some of which are relegated to the past and others that are still in place today.


Redevelopment of Former Red Cross Headquarters to Create Affordable Housing

 Rendering of Proposed Trenton Street Apartments

Rendering of Proposed Trenton Street Apartments

In a move that will add much needed affordable housing stock to Arlington's Metro corridors, the County Board approved a site plan and rezoning request that would allow Wesley Housing Development Corporation to redevelop a former Red Cross Headquarters site, fronting on Rt. 50, into mixed-income affordable housing. 

According to an Arlington County press release, the Buckingham neighborhood property situated at 20 N. Thomas street, 15 and 19 N. Trenton, and 4333 Arlington Boulevard will be redeveloped to include 97 affordable multifamily units that meet green and energy efficiency standards, 19 townhomes, and the preservation of the adjacent Whitefield Commons garden apartments.

 Townhome Rendering

Townhome Rendering

Housing Conservation District Planning Process Begins

In December 2017, the Arlington County Board approved Phase 1 of a proposal for a Housing Conservation District (HCD) that will provide protections and incentives to preserve or replace affordable apartments in market rate affordable buildings. Phase 2 of the plan, which includes developing a set of incentives to help property owners renovate or redevelop their properties in exchange for affordability protections, will be developed throughout 2018.

AHS Presents Arlington for Everyone Volunteer Training

Do you want to help keep Arlington a diverse and inclusive community? At AHS we do! In the spirit of the importance of affordable housing, we offered a training about the Arlington for Everyone campaign for this year’s MLK Day of Service on January 15th. The campaign is designed to spark a community dialogue about the importance of housing affordability and housing options for the future of Arlington.

Progressive Voice: The AHMP Two Years Later - Full Speed Ahead

Progressive Voice: The AHMP Two Years Later - Full Speed Ahead

In a recent Progressive Voice column for ARLNow, our Executive Director Michelle Winters had the opportunity to weigh in on how we are doing two years after the Affordable Housing Master Plan was created. In the column, Michelle discusses the loss of critical market-rate affordable units, the worsening political environment, and the shortage of funding in the context of the Arlington housing market.

Will Arlington Open its Doors to Smaller Homes?

Will Arlington Open its Doors to Smaller Homes?

One of the biggest drivers of cost for housing is size, and when it comes to single-family homes, square footage has been on the rise nationwide for decades. If larger sizes drive up costs, then smaller sizes could help reduce them, potentially producing more affordable or moderately-priced options for people in our community. Smaller housing options such as tiny homes, cottage housing, and detached accessory dwellings are one part of the vital missing middle housing.

This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land: Public Land as an Affordable Housing Resource

A recent study by Enterprise Community Partners points to public land as an underutilized affordable housing resource, especially in high-cost housing markets.  The use of publicly owned land can provide an edge to nonprofit developers to acquire resources that are traditionally cost prohibitive.  However, the use of public land raises two questions: first, what exactly is public land?  Second, how can public land be used as a resource to meet affordable housing needs?