Faith communities in Arlington have a long history of advocating for affordable housing. Today, many continue to explore options for making Arlington a welcoming place for all.
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.
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.
On Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, the Alliance for Housing Solutions Ellen M. Bozman Affordable Housing Award celebration recognized three organizations whose commitment to affordable housing was demonstrated through collaboration in the preservation efforts in Westover.
The State of Affordable Housing Forum is an annual AHS event designed to engage the community in a discussion of a range of current events and the outlook for affordable housing in the coming year. This year's event subtitled “Federal Upheaval…Local Consequences” was held at the intersection of major federal decisions that could have lasting political impacts to the future of affordable housing finance and community economic development programs.
Watch the full keynote and panels from our 2016 Leckey Forum
The 2016 Ellen M. Bozman Affordable Housing Award recognized twenty Arlingtonians whose commitment helped bring about the County's first Affordable Housing Master Plan.
Is it time to focus on how Arlington's housing market works for its middle-income population?
What can design, and financial and regulatory initiatives do to better serve downsizing seniors, young people, growing families, and newcomers to the community experiencing sticker shock?
AHS convened experts and community members at the Clarendon Ballroom on Thursday, October 13, 2016.
Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design provided an inspiring keynote defining Missing Middle Housing (link to the video or slidepresentation), and we heard from panelists on planning/zoning and financial considerations (see video at Making Room for Missing Middle Housing and Making the Numbers Work).
Speakers (see program for bios):
- Erik Gutshall, Clarendon Home Services, and Arlington Planning Commission
- Bob Brosnan, Catholic University
- Scott Matties, Cunningham | Quill Architects
- Lisa Nisenson, GreaterPlaces
- Robert Burns, City First Enterprises, and Grounded Solutions Network
- Richard Donohoe, Fidelity Bank Mortgage
- Steven Cover, Arlington Community Planning, Housing, and Development
- Noemi Riveira, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
- David DeCamp, D2 Partners, LLC
- Michael Geary, Geary-O'Hara Family Foundation
Guests were treated to a preview of our missing middle design gallery.
View presentations from AHS's State of Affordable Housing event, and browse the gallery
The 2015 Ellen M. Bozman Affordable Housing Award was shared by recipients who have helped build Foundations for affordable housing in Arlington, through policy and leadership or through financial support.
This special event, presented by AHS in cooperation with Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO), took place during Affordable Housing Month, September 2015, at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. (Link to the flyer).
Michelle Winters (Winters Community Strategies) moderated a panel that included Paul Browne, Wesley Housing Development Corporation and John Welsh, AHC, Inc. (each of whom presented a case study on a mixed-income development) and Edmund Delany, Capital One Bank, and Steve Cover, Arlington County, who provided banking and local policy perspectives. (Read program with bios.)
Review the presentations:
- Michelle Winters---introduction and context for the discussion
- Paul Browne on Wesley's Pierce Queen (now known as Union on Queen) development, an example of a mix of income levels on a single site
- John Welsh on AHC's Woodbury Park/The Frederick, an example of a mixed-income neighborhood
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AHS developed its 2015 Leckey Affordable Housing Forum as a "teach in" on current affordable housing issues in Arlington. [See all previous Leckey Forum topics.]
Link to the program with speaker bios. Link to presenter slides from the blue titles below.
Financing the Deal: Tax Credits and the AHIF
The Basics of Low Income Housing Tax Credits---Michael Scheurer, Vice President, Cornerstone Housing Development Corp.
Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF)---Yoomie Ahn, Housing Development Supervisor, Arlington County
General Land Use Plan and Zoning Issues
Achieving Affordable Housing: Role of the General Land Use Plan and Zoning---Susan Ingraham Bell, Planning and Zoning Consultant
Market Rate Development and Affordable Housing in Arlington County---Kedrick Whitmore, Venable LLP
The Public--Private Partnership
The Public--Private Partnership---Nina Janopaul, President/CEO, APAH and David Cristeal, Housing Director, Arlington County
Housing in Community
Home Buying in Arlington---Reverend Jon Smoot, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and Karen Serfis, Executive Director, Arlington Home Ownership Made Easier (AHOME)
Community Facilities Study (CFS) Update and Housing Implications---Ginger Brown, Vice Chair, CFS Working Group
Educational Support Programs in Affordable Housing: Building Successful Families and Neighborhoods through Resident Services---Kathie Panfil, Board Member, APAH and Edu-Futuro and Jennifer Endo, Resident Services Director, AHC Inc.
Long-time supporters of housing affordability tend to see what is usually called density through the lens of the affordable units that density can provide. Affordable units are important of course, but they are one among the many positive benefits of what are are increasingly called "Great Spaces." As a land use term, density usually refers to the number of units per a given piece of land, usually an acre. But in Arlington and the region, a smart growth orientation reaches beyond housing units to include transit access, walkable retail, green space, and other benefits.
Supporters of housing affordability need to be able to describe these positive aspects to a variety of audiences.
Great Spaces panelists
Link from the highlighted term to the powerpoint presentation.
Susan Ingraham Bell, Urban Land Institute: Great Spaces are in increased demand by a variety of demographic sectors.
Sophie Mintier, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Great Spaces provide economic benefits.
Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smart Growth: Great Spaces are also “green” spaces.
Kris Krider, Center for Urban Design and Research, Arlington County: Great Spaces can also be created in single-family home neighborhoods, as well as along the Rosslyn--Ballston and Columbia Pike corridors.
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A panel discussion on Micro Units: The Future or Faux Fad? topped the bill at our 2013 State of Affordable Housing event. Micro units, a housing option taking hold in urban areas across the country, are accommodating the needs and fitting the budgets of millennials, downsizing seniors, and others who are willing to give up some living space in exchange for reduced rents in vital urban settings. Could they become part of the solution to providing greater housing affordability on our scarce real estate?
On December 7, 2014, AHS honored eleven Housing [S]heroes with the annual Ellen M. Bozman Affordable Housing Award, with 140 community leaders in attendance. The recipients of the award, many who could trace their activism over several decades, pushed back against the status quo to create conditions for the Arlington we know today. In honor of our [S]heroes’ service, AHS made a special donation to Doorways for Women and Families.
On Sunday, December 8, 2013, AHS celebrated the collective impact of corporate, group, and individual commitment to Arlington's affordable housing. The focus of the award ceremony was on the efforts to retain affordable housing in the Columbia Pike corridor. Honorees spoke about the behind the scenes work required to preserve housing in the Pike - citing long hours, countless conversations with people open to change, and the commitment of the community.